Ramen Heads | Denver Film Society | Koki Shigeno | Japan

Ramen Heads

Koki Shigeno

JapaneseEnglish SubtitlesJapan201793 min


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Documentary director Koki Shigeno assumed it was a long shot when he asked Japan's number-one ramen master to reveal his culinary secrets. He was wrong. Osamu Tomita, the reigning king of ramen, was more than happy to walk Shigeno through every step of his recipe for greatness.

In Ramen Heads, Tomita takes us deep into his world, from his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients to his meticulous approach to cooking the perfect noodle soup. Going about his day scolding his apprentices, delivering impeccable service to his customers and sampling the goods at competing shops when he’s off the clock, Tomita resembles a Buddhist acolyte, single-mindedly focused on the object of his devotion.

For the 10th anniversary of his restaurant, Tomita plans a special event: he wants to collaborate with two other star chefs—Iida Shoten chef-owner Shota Iida and Tsuta chef-owner Yuki Onishi, the first ramen chef to earn a Michelin star—to create the best bowl in Japan. How will their one-of-a-kind creation taste?

Meanwhile, Shigeno also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each exemplifying different philosophies and trends. Mixing in a brief history lesson, Ramen Heads gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish by examining 15 months in the lives of its master practitioners and their legions of devoted fans.

Following the Wednesday, November 8, 6:45pm screening, Frank Bonanno’s crew at Bones Restaurant will take over the kitchen of The Goods (next door to the Sie) and prepare ramen feast, accompanied by Gaijin 24886, Colorado Craft Sake and dessert from The Chocolate Lab. Very select seating available for the reception. Higher ticket price.

Sponsored by Colorado Restaurant Association, Butler Rents

Producer: Arata Ôshima

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