Saturday, April 21st at 12:30 PM
Cinemark Perkins Rowe
World Cinema * Japan * 93 min
Director: Koki Shigeno
Sponsored by: The Fantastic Sara Oliver
Ramen—the perfectly slurpable combination of broth and noodles, the equivalent of an edible embrace – is considered an art form by master chefs and legions of fans. Japan’s reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita, takes us into his kitchen and deep into his world, revealing his obsessive process, In Ramen Heads, Tomita takes us deep into his world, revealing his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. Brimming with confidence he shares recipes, trade secrets and flavor philosophies. We follow Chef Tomita on a tasting tour, on visits to his favorite shops (some are kept anonymous for fear of discovery) and to the 10th anniversary celebration of his restaurant. Together with two other ramen masters, he creates a once-in-a-lifetime batch of ramen for which foodies wait overnight in hope of scoring a limited meal ticket. With its sumptuous cinematography and lingering shots of slowly swirling broth, Ramen Heads makes a compelling case for finding Japan’s heart through its stomach.
Ramen appears to have been brought to Japan in the early 20th century by Chinese food vendors. After the Second World War, its everything-in-one-bowl ethos took on more significance, and urgency, and the narrator says it still carries “a hint of sadness.” Just another part of ramen’s existential deliciousness, no doubt. Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight
Film Website: https://www.ramenheadsfilm.com/media