Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Ramen Heads


Year: 2017
Country: JAPAN
Run Time: 93 minutes

Ramen Heads
Ramen Heads
Ramen Heads
Ramen Heads

Like any source of joy, good food tends to create a devoted following, and so-called ramen heads traverse the globe looking for the best bowl of broth and noodles they can find. In Japan—where the dish began as a post-war cheap meal for a hungry population—the best ramen can be found in the kitchen of three-time reigning ramen king Tomita Osamu. This champion approaches his ramen as an artist approaches an empty canvas: with an eye (and nose) for detail and discipline. RAMEN HEADS is a foodie tour of Japan’s best ramen, including Tomita’s rigorous schedule that has hungry customers waiting for hours outside his tiny restaurant. We meet all sorts of ramen cooks, from the gentleman who has been serving an average of 800 bowls a day for 50 years, to the man who uses a traditional earthenware pot to boil his water, to a woman whose ramen oozes as much old-world charm as she does. If you weren’t a ramen head before this film, you will be. (In English and Japanese with subtitles) —T.W.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Pan-Asian Cinema

Ad Hoc Docs Competition


Koki Shigeno

Koki Shigeno was born in 1965 in Japan. He is a well-known television documentary director who has worked with a number of famous chefs.


Arata Ôshima, Yûsuke Kamada

Hidenori Takahashi

Junichi Saito

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Community Partners

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland Chapter

Media Partners

Edible Cleveland

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