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