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Aug 26, 2012 02:20 AM

Movies That Changed A Food Forever

Have you ever watched a movie (or TV show) that changed your perception of a food forever?

For me, I used to love Sakuma fruit drops (a Japanese hard candy). After I'd watched Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies), I couldn't touch them again. I actually left an unopened can of them in my apartment when I moved away from Japan.

Haven't had one since watching that movie. Have you ever had a food item (or ingredient, I guess?) changed in your eyes, for better or for worse, like this? Share stories please! :-)

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  1. The movie Sideways changed forever the way I think of Merlot.
    Of course, I never really liked Merlot that much to begin with.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      I think Sideways is definitely responsible for the duo of Pinot superiority and Merlot bottom feeding. Rightly or wrongly deserved.

    2. What was wrong with the fruit drops?

      For me it was the movie 'FatHead'. I haven't had grain or sugar, if I could help it, since watching it a year ago...and I don't really miss them, either!!

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        In the movie, the main character and his baby sister are orphaned in wartime Japan. The only treat/toy/childhood thing left to them in a world of rationing, poverty, starvation, disease, bombing, death and loss is the little girl's one tin of fruit drop candy, which her brother doles out to her as slowly as possible to make it last. Eventually, there are none left. The little girl is so desperate to have something nice in her life that she puts pebbles in the empty can, and begins "treating" herself to rocks for comfort. Eventually, she dies of malnutrition, and her brother stores what he can of her bones in the tin (the only vessel available to him) in an effort to keep a piece of her for a proper funeral down the road.

        When he also passes away (before being able to bury her), the people who find his body toss away his sister's tin/bones. He and she meet as ghosts on an undead train, and she is her healthy, pre-war self, carrying (and sharing) a tin of her beloved fruit drops.

        Haven't eaten one since. The sound of the candies rattling around in the tin is used in the movie as a device to echo the rattling of first the pebbles, and then the bones... Couldn't get past it.

        1. re: chartreauxx

          Oh. My. God. That is unspeakably sad. I wouldn't eat them anymore, either.

          1. re: PAINTEDPEGGIES

            The movie is actually amazingly powerful, I'd highly recommend watching it. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's animated; it's a very serious adult film about the nature of war. Like many Japanese movies, food features very centrally (as a topic in its own overt right, and also as metaphor).

            But if you want to try Sakuma fruit drops (which are a really delicious hard candy!), I'd do it before you watch...

            1. re: chartreauxx

              Great movie. Great candy. They were my Japanese grandfathers favorite. My Fireflies fruit drop tin is in a place of honor on my mantelpiece.


          2. Before Last Tango in Paris, I always thought butter was just food.

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            1. re: Veggo

              That butter got poor Marlon Brando killed.

            2. Every time I see profiteroles on a menu, I immediately think of " The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover"

              1. My first thought was actually Popeye and spinach, although that's a lot more than just one movie. I guess I'd say the Cornish game hens in Eraserhead put me off game hens for quite a while. And whenever anyone offers me a potato I think of The Old Dark House. I'd also say Soylent Green, because out of the many hundreds of movies about cannibalism, it actually established a new catchphrase to describe it.

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                1. re: ratgirlagogo

                  Popeye=canned spinach, which I have never eaten, would never eat. Can we say, UGH? But fresh or frozen? Thumbs up.