FFF 2019 – Review: RAMEN SHOP Is A Flavorful Family Drama


Ramen Shop is far from perfect, but it is a cute family drama with a touching message and plenty of mouth-watering food shots.
Technical Merit

Ramen Shop is a new Singaporean drama film directed by Eric Khoo. The movie follows a young man who, following the death of his father, travels to Singapore in an attempt to reconnect with his parents’ past and his lost family. It has played at festivals including the 2019 Florida Film Festival.

The story of this film is relatively interesting, as it provides a really interesting exploration of cultural connection through food. The movie utilizes parallel storylines effectively, showing both the journey of the protagonist to rediscover his roots and his parents’ experience of finding love. Although the emotional beats of the film are melodramatic and quite predictable, they are also mostly effective.

One of the things that makes this movie work so well is its character development. It is easy to get behind the protagonist and his goals, especially if you come from a multicultural family. The protagonist’s mixed cultural roots are represented symbolically in the storyline of him trying to find the perfect soup recipe. This is an interesting and unique way of approaching a relatively common trope.

The pacing of the film is mostly strong, especially because of the parallel storylines in the movie. The runtime is less than an hour and a half, so there wasn’t a ton of wasted time. If you are expecting something flashy and exciting, this isn’t the film for you, but if you enjoy a nice and subtle character study, you will greatly enjoy this movie and what it has to offer.

ramen shop market

The main message of this film involves the importance of family. Since the world we live in is so chaotic and most movies nowadays are trying to comment on that chaos, it is nice to see a film that takes a step back and offers a sweet and heartwarming story about a force that unites humanity. You don’t have to think too deeply to understand the movie, but that isn’t a bad thing.

The film’s ensemble is quite good as a whole. The lead actor, Takumi Saitoh, is very charismatic and does a great job leading the movie. His likability really shines through, allowing the audience to connect with him and the character more easily. In the rest of the cast, Mark Lee is the standout. Although he is largely a comedic relief character, he also has a few really strong emotional “supporting actor” moments.

Additionally, the film was excellent on a technical level. The look and feel of the movie are absolutely great. The visuals, especially during the cooking sequences, are beautiful. This features some of the most tantalizing food shots you will see in a film all year. It will make you hungry even if you have just eaten. The score of the movie is very good too, complementing the emotion of the film well.

Overall, Ramen Shop was a solid movie. Although it is little more than a simple melodrama, it is an effective and well-made entry into the genre with a touching moral.

Ramen Shop played at the 2019 Florida Film Festival. It is now playing in select theaters.


‘Cartoon Trump & Biden’s Dueling Town Halls’ Ep. 311 Cold Open | Our Cartoon President

Addressing undecided voters before the election, Cartoon Trump talks climate disaster, Black Lives Matter protests, and migrant sterilization with Cartoon George Stephanopoulos while Cartoons Anderson Cooper and Kamala Harris try to reign in Cartoon Joe Biden. Watch new episodes of Our Cartoon President on Sundays at 8:30/7:30c on SHOWTIME. #OurCartoonPresident Subscribe to the SHOWTIME YouTube…

Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, + Sam Claflin Guess Victorian Slang | Enola Holmes | Netflix

Watch ENOLA HOLMES stars Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Sam Claflin take on their biggest mystery yet: Obscure Victorian slang. Enola Holmes follows Sherlock’s teen sister as she discovers her mother missing, and sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a…

The 100 | Season 7 Episode 15 | The Dying Of The Light Promo | The CW

Stream new episodes of The 100 Thursdays free only on The CW: http://go.cwtv.com/genHNDyt SUBSCRIBE: http://go.cwtv.com/YTSubscribe About THE 100: The human race returns, after a 97-year exile in space, to a wildly transformed Earth...only to discover that the human race had never truly left. Clarke found herself forced to lead a band of disposable juvenile delinquents…

Fargo | Installment 4: Seesaw Teaser | FX

Come play. Fargo is back with an all-new story September 27th on FX. Next day FX on Hulu. Subscribe now for more Fargo clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX The fourth installment of Fargo is set in 1950 Kansas City, where two crime syndicates fighting for a piece of the American dream have struck an uneasy peace. Chris Rock…

Tell Me A Story | Season 1 Episode 8 | The Detective In Charge Scene | The CW

Stream new episodes of Tell Me A Story Wednesdays free only on The CW: https://go.cwtv.com/TELgenyt SUBSCRIBE: http://go.cwtv.com/YTSubscribe About TELL ME A STORY: TELL ME A STORY takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized…

Rapid Fire Questions: Tommy Dorfman and Rainey Qualley • Love in the Time of Corona • Hulu

Get to know the cast of #LoveInTheTimeOfCorona as they answer #RapidFireQuestions. All episodes of Freeform's Love in the Time of Corona are now streaming. SUBSCRIBE TO HULU’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL Click the link to subscribe to our channel for the latest shows & updates: http://www.youtube.com/hulu?sub_confi START YOUR FREE TRIAL http://hulu.com/start FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hulu/…

How To with John Wilson: Official Teaser | HBO

Buckle up, baby. From Executive Producer Nathan Fielder, How To with John Wilson premieres Oct 23 at 11PM on @HBOMax. #HBO #HBODocs Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 Stream on HBO Max: http://itsh.bo/hbo-max Get More HBO Official Site: https://itsh.bo/dotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/HBODocs Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hbo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hbodocs How To with John Wilson: Official Teaser | HBO

We Are Who We Are: In The Weeks Ahead | HBO

Time will tell. #HBO #WeAreWhoWeAre Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 From Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me By Your Name, We Are Who We Are follows a group of teens growing up on an American Army base outside of Venice, Italy struggling to find their own identities as they move into young-adulthood. Official…
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here