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.