2018 / 89 min. / G
Director: Eric Khoo
Cast: IHARA, Takumi Saitoh, Seiko Matsuda

The Japan Foundation and The Royal Present: RAMEN SHOP 家族のレシピ (FREE!)


Free admission, RSVP required, all films in Japanese with English subtitlesJoin us for a mini-series of films about RAMEN co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Toronto and the Royal Cinema. This series examines all that is Ramen with great stories about the chefs who make it, and the people who enjoy eating this popular noodle and soup combination. After watching these films, you’ll want to warm up to a tasty bowl of Ramen!


In Takasaki, Japan, Masato works with his father to run their ramen shop. Despite living together, their strained relationship makes communication stifled and sparse. When Masato finds his mother’s diary filled with recipes, memories, and entries written in Chinese—a language foreign to him—he decides to visit Singapore to uncover and relive his mother’s history. Working his way through Singapore’s food landscape, Masato stumbles across something much more personal than discovering family recipes, secrets, and stories. Instead, he comes across connections and meaning to his existence long buried and thought to be best forgotten.

Eric Khoo’s latest film, Ramen Shop, delves into the myriad of ways food permeates our lives whether it is the taste of a mother’s cooking, a reminder of an indigestible history, or the togetherness of sharing food.
Ramen Shop is a story about belonging, reunions, and burdensome knowledge alongside a bowl of bak kut teh noodle soup.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this screening is free, please arrive by 8 PM or your ticket will open up to oversold & rush tickets!

Check out The Japan Foundation’s other Ramen Film here.

The Japan Foundation

A global NPO that aspires to cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, creating global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue.

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