Japanese Film Festival | Satellite
Drama, Foodie

Ramen Shop


Directed by: Eric Khoo

Year: 2018

Length: 90 minutes

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Screens in: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne

From Japan to Singapore, connecting memories–and family–through food

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Masato (Takumi Saito), a ramen chef from Takasaki, was born to a Japanese father and a Singapore mother. Masato’s parents met in Singapore but he was raised in Japan, so he never knew the Singaporean side of his family. Prompted by his emotionally-distant father’s death, he embarks on a culinary journey to the Lion City to trace his roots.

With the help of a local food blogger, Masato searches for his grandmother’s bak kut teh restaurant. However, all he has are vague childhood memories and his late mother’s diary. Can he uncover more than just delicious recipes?

Ramen Shop is a gentle and delightful drama that celebrates life through food, friendship and family. Directed by Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo and starring Japanese actor Takumi Saito, it’s a realistic depiction of different multicultural realities in a borderless modern world. Look out for Mark Lee’s standout performance playing Masato’s uncle and bak kut teh chef extraordinaire.

Premiered at 2018 Berlin International Film Festival Culinary Cinema Program


Get the chance to win a lucky door prize from IPPUDO when you attend the screening in Sydney and Melbourne!

Audience warning: Contains moderate themes.


Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre, Brisbane


Event Cinemas Innaloo, Perth


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


ACMI, Melbourne

Director: Eric Khoo

Screenplay: Fong Cheng Tan and Kim Hoh Wong

Producer: Masa Sawada, Eric Le Bot and Junxiang Huang

Executive Producer: Yutaka Tachibana and Fong Cheng Tan

Cast: Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw, Mark Lee, Beatrice Chien, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Tetsuya Bessho and Seiko Matsuda

Genre: Drama, Foodie

Format: DCP colour