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RAMEN HEADS

Japan's king of ramen prepares for the tenth anniversary of his restaurant in . Since opening his restaurant a decade ago, Osamu Tomita has been repeatedly voted the number one ramen chef in Japan. As the date of his tenth anniversary approaches, Tomita provides full access to his process of making thick broth and slurpable noodles. In addition, Tomita teams up with fellow top ramen chefs Shota Iida and Yuki Onishi to create a special anniversary dish for 200 lucky customers at his restaurant.

Japanese ramen dates back to the early 1900s, when it was adapted from Chinese noodle soup. However, it truly came to popularity as a “working man's meal,” while Japan was recovering after the second World War. The dish has since become an obsession in Japan, to the point that Tokyo holds an annual Ramen Festival, where up to 500 bowls a day can be served by a single chef.

Ramen Heads is most interesting when it is focusing on Osamu Tomita, which includes many seductive and slow motion shots of the chef preparing his ramen. However, the film moves past Tomita, profiling other raman chefs and even giving a history of the dish. This suggests that there wasn't enough footage of Osamu Tomita's tenth anniversary to fit a feature film. Also, the narration comes off as somewhat monotonous, even though it might be just a language issue. Altogether, Ramen Heads works as food porn, even if the structure of the film is a bit of a mess.

7 / 10 stars
7 4  FAIR  

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Ramen Heads (2017)
Runtime:93 minutes
Director:Koki Shigeno
Country:Japan
Genre:Documentary
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Plot:
In 'Ramen Heads,' Osamu Tomita, Japan's reigning king of ramen, takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita's story, the film also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosophy and flavour, which exemplify various different aspects the ramen world. Mixing in a brief rundown of ramen's historical roots, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish. This is a documentary record of 15 months in the lives of Japan's top ramen masters and their legions of devoted fans.
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