Coming to theatres today, Friday, March 16:
Hot Docs 2017
IDFA, Freep, Salem, SF Indie, San Sebastian, Denver, Goteborg, Hawaii, Thessaloniki Doc
An ode to the Japanese comfort food.
Shigeno’s film pays tribute to the wonders of ramen, chiefly by profiling Osamu Tomita, a master ramen chef uninterested in keeping any secrets about how he builds the distinctive flavors of his broths and noodles. When focused on Tomita, the project proves to be a mildly diverting exercise in food porn and culinary culture, but, unfortunately, Shigeno doesn’t stop there. Instead, the filmmaker conducts an unnecessary survey of other ramen chefs which lends a cheap, television quality to the production, one only exacerbated by the distractingly overblown narration and music which dominates the proceedings.