Ramen Heads

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Japan | 2017 | 93 minutes | Koki Shigeno

Opens March 30, 2018

In the directorial debut of Koki Shigeno, Ramen Heads is a beautiful, simple and stylized homage to none other than noodle and broth and all the philosophy and flavor that comes along with the soupy calling.


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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 flavor. 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.

  • Director: Koki Shigeno
  • Principal Cast: Shôta Iida, Kumiko Ishida, Katsuya Kobayashi, Yûki Ohnishi, Tom Takahashi, Osamu Tomita
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Producer: Arata Ôshima
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes