COME BACK ANYTIME
The story of a master who created a community in Tokyo, one bowl of ramen at a time
Probably the best movie I've ever seen on the topic of the food culture of Japan.
— Adam Platt Chief restaurant critic, New York Magazine
Culinary documentary filmmaking at its finest. The Jiro Dreams of Sushi of ramen movies.
Perfect viewing for anyone who enjoys the convivial delights of shows like Midnight Diner.
While this cozy, heartwarming doc is about the artistry of an excellent bowl of soup, it is just as much about the power of community and connection.
HOW TO WATCH
🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA - Host a screening with Demand Film
or stream on Docplay
🇨🇦 CANADA - VIFF Center
Vancouver - Now playing
Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival - Yogyakarta
26 Nov - 3 Dec
🇮🇱 ISREAL - on yes
🇳🇿 NEW ZEALAND
🇳🇴 NORWAY - on VGTV
🇵🇱 POLAND - on Canal+
🇰🇷 SOUTH KOREA - on D-BOX
Malmö - December 13
ABOUT THE FILM
Ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko have run their tiny Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei for more than forty years. Scores of devoted customers have joined them in creating an intimate place of community there. On the weekends, they venture together across the lush Japanese countryside. They harvest gourmet pears and dig up bamboo shoots and wild mountain yams. But nothing lasts forever. Everyone knows the master must retire someday. So they resolve to make the best of what time remains – to cherish this special place, and this soul-nourishing food, before it is gone forever.
81 minutes | Japanese | Color and B&W
Locations: Japan’s Chiba, Niigata, Tochigi, and Tokyo Prefectures
John is a Tokyo-based American filmmaker who fell in love with film at the Dartmouth College Film Society while growing up in Hanover, NH. After studying literature in college, he dove into film editing while studying with legendary editor, Ralph Rosenblum at Columbia University. After embracing the digital revolution of the late 90s, he’s been making independent films, and editing others’, ever since. COME BACK ANYTIME is his second feature, first documentary, and first cinematography credit.