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Take a journey with Japan’s top ramen masters and their legions of devoted fans. Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, takes us deep into his world, revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles, and his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita’s story, five other notable ramen shops are profiled, each with its own philosophy and flavor. Mixing in a brief rundown of ramen’s historical roots, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding this unique and beguiling dish. Michigan premiere. Part of Freep Film Festival’s Food on Film series. Primarily in Japanese with English subtitles. Unrated; nothing objectionable. 

Presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office.

After the film: Free Press restaurant critic Mark Kurlyandchik talks to Chef Takashi Yagihashi, owner of Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor and Chicago.

11 a.m. Sun., April 15, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture at the DIA

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YEAR 2017
RUN TIME 93 minutes
Directed by Koki Shigeno