Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
After his father’s death, bicultural chef Masato heads to Singapore to find out more about his mother and the culinary bounty that has made the island city-state such a foodie destination. Guided by food blogger Miki, Masato seeks the perfect recipe for his mom’s pork rib soup, little knowing that the secret could reside with his extended family. Without ignoring the hostilities that still simmer from the Japanese occupation, Singaporean director Eric Khoo gives mouthwatering evidence to the idea that food can not only satisfy the stomach, it can heal the heart.
“Singapore’s best-known director, Eric Khoo, was tapped to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between his country and Japan, and what better way to bring nations together than over a steaming plate of delicious chow? In his mouth-watering, sentiment-laden family film, Ramen Shop, a young Japanese chef visits Singapore in search of his mother’s roots and ends up fusing the best of two cuisines.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Eric Khoo starting making movies when he was eight years old, using his mother’s Canon Super 8 camera. He grew up to become the filmmaker credited with reviving the Singaporean film industry. He made his feature debut in 1996 with Mee Pok Man. Among his other films are 12 Storeys (1997), winner of the FIPRESCI/NETPAC Award at the Singapore International Film Festival; Be with Me (2005), winner of the Directors’ Week Award at Fantasporto and Best Screenplay at the Ghent International Film Festival; My Magic (2008), Grand Prix winner at the Fribourg International Film Festival; and Tatsumi (2011), a nominee for Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and winner of the Muir AsiaAfrica Award for Best Film – Feature at the Dubai International Film Festival. In 2007, Khoo received the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest arts honor.
Language Japanese, Mandarin, English, Cantonese
Director Eric Khoo
Producer Yutake Tachibana, Tan Fong Cheng, Masa Sawada, Eric Le Bot, Huang Junxiang
Writer Tan Fong Cheng, Wong Kim Hoh
Editor Natalie Soh
Cinematographer Brian Gothong Tan
Music Kevin Matthews
Cast Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw, Seiko Matsuda
Original Language Title Ramen teh