First Trailer for the Japanese Drama Ramen Samurai

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When I first read the title for the upcoming Japanese drama “Ramen Samurai”, I expected something with a bit more outlandish. Imagine my surprise, then, when the trailer presented the film as something a bit more dramatic and introspective. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. Assuming, of course, you need a constant onslaught of cinematic carnage to stay interested. If that’s the case, then you’re out of luck.

Maybe this synopsis will help clear things up:

The story is set in Kurume, Fukuoka, said to be the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen. Watanabe plays a young man working at a design firm in Tokyo who returns to his hometown after hearing of his father’s death. He is forced to take over his father’s ramen shop, despite having no confidence in making ramen and not getting along well with the shop’s workers. Relying on his mother’s and his own memories, he struggles to recreate the flavor of his father’s ramen.

Director Segi Naoki’s “Ramen Samurai”, which is based on a magazine column by a popular ramen shop, stars Watanabe Dai, Koto Takagi, Yamaguchi Sayaka, and Yuji Nakamura. The film opens in Japan on October 22nd, 2011.

Source: Tokyograph / Film Smash

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)