Ramen Heads (2018)

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In Ramen Heads, Japan's reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita takes audiences deep into his world by revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect soup and noodles along with his relentless search for the highest-quality ingredients. In addition to Tomita, the film also profiles five other notable ramen shops, each with its own philosphy and flavor, exemplifying the various different aspects of the ramen world. Mixing in a brief rundown of ramen's historical roots, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at the culture surrounding the unique and beguiling dish.

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"Ramen: Whispered in anticipation or delight, it's enough to stir the emotions" is how the film's voice-over narration begins. It gets more effusive from there.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Ramen is just noodles and broth, right? Well, no, it's actually much more, as we learn in the entertaining Japanese documentary "Ramen Heads."

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Although "Ramen Heads" is an interesting glance at the craft of ramen, it ends up feeling lukewarm.

Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Ramen Heads" may be a tad lacking in visual excitement, but it succeeds in imparting the ineffable appeal of Japan's national dish.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Variety
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A brisk if uneven celebration of the soup-and-noodle staple that will nevertheless have you scheduling a post-viewing trip to your closest bowlful.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Over-narrated and self-serious, this documentary allows its good intentions to pave the way to a tepid tale.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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