Experience a year in the life of self-taught Japanese ramen master, Masamoto Ueda. Soak in the nostalgia at his legendary ramen shop, Bizentei, where the gregarious master has been serving his traditional Tokyo style ramen to die-hard fans for more than forty years. And tag along with him and some of his regular customers on their weekend culinary adventures across Japan’s picturesque countryside -- digging up bamboo shoots, mountain yams, and more!
Color / 4K / 16:9
Tokyo-based filmmaker John Daschbach’s fiction feature directing debut, Brief Reunion opened theatrically in the US and is now available on VOD and DVD. John’s previous short films have appeared in film festivals, movie theaters, and on television throughout the world. His award-winning short film, Waking Dreams, starring Ben Shenkman and Tina Holmes, was released on TLA Releasing’s DVD collection, Celebrity Mix. Come Back Anytime is his first feature documentary.
Wataru is a freelance writer, editor, and translator. A native Japanese speaker, he is also fluent in English. Previously, he was an editor of AERA ENGLISH magazine in Tokyo and an editor in New York of U.S. FRONTLINE NEWS, North America's most widely-read Japanese language periodical. He was also an editor for three years of Tokyo’s LETTUCE CLUB magazine. As a freelancer, he has written articles for KINEMASHUNPO, TITLE, UNO, and LINOM magazines and translated for numerous companies in the US, Europe, and Asia.