THE GOD OF RAMEN (ラーメンより大切なもの)

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Directed by: Takashi Innami 2013 | 90 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: North American

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Synopsis

Sponsored by:

Japan Foundation

Nippon Golden Network

To ramen lovers, Kazuo Yamagishi is a god. His ramen may seem like the traditional Tokyo style ramen, but there is great depth in his culinary practice. From the shop's opening 50 years ago, Yamagishi managed to create his distinct and unique flavor, attracting customers from all over Japan. As a matter of fact, they would queue outside the shop until they were served, a ridiculously long wait of over two hours on a typical weekday.

Unlike JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, which was beautifully shot, but we learned very little about Jiro himself, GOD OF RAMEN plays out like a 90 minute episode of “Soko Ga Shiritai” and is shot over a decade, with cameras following Yamagishi-san. For all his jolliness and happy demeanor, he is a chef who is married to his work, and deep down inside, a sad man carrying the legacy of his deceased wife. This, of course, takes a toll, as his health declines and his apprentices move on to open competing businesses. In the end, GOD OF RAMEN is a chronicle of one man’s life and his impact on the community and the art of ramen itself.

 

Synopsis written by: Anderson Le

東京・東池袋にあった伝説のラーメン店「東池袋大勝軒」の店主で、つけ麺の考案者としても知られる山岸一雄さんを追ったドキュメンタリー。誰もが知る行列ができるラーメン店「東池袋大勝軒」。50年の歴史を誇るその店に、2001年、初めてカメラが入り、ラーメンの味はもとより、店主・山岸さんの人柄にひかれて日々やってくる常連客や弟子たちでにぎわう店の様子を克明に映していく。しかし、カメラが追ううちに見えてきたのは山岸一雄の心の奥にある影だった。山岸が決して語ることのなかったこの50年の歴史が今明かされる。

監督: 印南貴史
キャスト: 山岸一雄

Screenings

Tuesday, October 15 6:15 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Thursday, October 17 1:00 PM Consolidated Koko Marina Date Passed
Saturday, October 19 5:00 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Saturday, October 26 11:30 AM Kauai - Waimea Theater Date Passed
Monday, October 28 5:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Takashi Innami
Screenwriter Hiromitsu Iwaida
Producer Akira Nishimura, Toshihiro Yamada
Cast Shosuke Tanihara, Kazuo Yamagishi
Music Composer Koji Takata, Joe Hisaishi

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