Ramen Teh

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Ramen Teh
情牽拉麵茶
Directed byEric Khoo
Produced by
  • Fong Cheng Tan
  • Junxiang Huang
  • Yutaka Tachibana
Screenplay by
  • Fong Cheng Tan
  • Kim Hoh Wong
Starring
Music by
  • Kevin Mathews
  • Christine Sham
Edited byNatalie Soh
Production
company
  • Zhao Wei Films
Distributed by
  • MK2 Films
Release date
  • February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23) (Germany)
Running time
89 minutes
Country
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • France
Language
  • Japanese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Ramen Teh (Chinese: 情牽拉麵茶) is a Singaporean-Japanese-French film. The film is directed by Eric Khoo, and stars Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw, Seiko Matsuda, Mark Lee, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Tetsuya Bessho, and Beatrice Chien.[1][2]

Ramen Teh had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018 and was released in Singapore on 29 March 2018.[3]

Premise[edit]

Masato is a young ramen chef in the city of Takasaki in Japan. After the sudden death of his emotionally distant father, he chances upon a suitcase of memorabilia and a red notebook – filled with musings and old photos – left behind by his Singaporean mother who died when he was just ten years old. Acting on a hunch, he takes off for Singapore with the notebook, hoping to piece together the story of his life, as well as that of his parents. There he meets Miki, a Japanese food blogger and single mother who helps him track down his maternal uncle Ah Wee, who runs a bak kut teh stall. Masato discovers that his grandmother Madam Lee is still alive, and that she holds the key to the tender yet turbulent love story of his parents. Masato and his grandmother try to heal each other’s broken soul, and find salvation in the kitchen where the meals they cook become more than the sum of their ingredients.[4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in July 2017, in Singapore.[5][6][7][8][9] Japanese chef Keisuke Takeda and Singapore food blogger Dr Leslie Tay were tapped to consult on the culinary scenes in the film.

Release[edit]

The film premiered as the closing film of the Culinary Cinema section at the Berlin International Film Festival on 23 February 2018.[3]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In limited reporting, Ramen Teh grossed $26,149 in Colombia, $9,384 in Czech Republic, $472,940 in France and $72,984 in Spain.[10][11]

Critical response[edit]

Ramen Teh received positive reviews and currently holds an aggregate of 80% at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 10 reviews. Maggie Lee of Variety stated that "derivative aspects aside, this simple and direct celebration of Singapore’s culinary heritage goes down easy".[12] Allan Hunter of Screen International wrote in his review, "Khoo's gentle drama may be too slight and sentimental for some tastes but it is handled with a sincerity that could commend it to incurable romantics and insatiable foodies alike".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frater, Patrick (2017-07-14). "Eric Khoo Cooks Up 'Ramen Teh' With Japan's Seiko Matsuda, Takumi Saitoh". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  2. ^ "Takumi Saitoh, Seiko Matsuda to star in Eric Khoo's 'Ramen Teh'". Screen. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  3. ^ a b hermes (2018-01-25). "Eric Khoo's film in culinary section of Berlin festival". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ "Ramen Teh". www.berlinale.de. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ hermesauto (2017-07-14). "Japanese pop idol Seiko Matsuda and Mark Lee to star in Eric Khoo ramen movie". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  6. ^ "【坐輪椅照開工】松田聖子夠專業 跌傷堅持赴獅城拍新片". Apple Daily 蘋果日報. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  7. ^ "聖子帶傷坐輪椅赴獅城拍戲夠專業". on.cc東網 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  8. ^ "拍新片結緣 齋藤工任新加坡觀光大使". on.cc東網 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  9. ^ "斎藤工、レスリー・キー氏撮影アートブックを来春発売". スポーツ報知 (in Japanese). 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  10. ^ "Ramen Shop (2019) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  11. ^ "Ramen Teh". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  12. ^ Lee, Maggie (2018-02-22). "Berlin Film Review: 'Ramen Teh'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  13. ^ "'Ramen Shop': Berlin Review". Screen. Retrieved 2018-02-26.

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