Japanese Film Festival 2018
• Klang Valley
GSC Mid Valley
GSC Pavilion KL
GSC 1 Utama
GSC Nu Sentral
• Penang
GSC Gurney Plaza
• Johor
GSC Paradigm JB
• Kuching
GSC CityONE Megamall
• Kota Kinabalu
GSC Suria Sabah

Ramen Heads (ラーメンヘッズ / Rāmenhezzu)


This documentary gives an intimate look at enthusiastic fans of ramen and the chefs who make it. Over a 15 month long shoot, Chukasoba Tomita proprietor Tomita Osamu and his customers are interviewed revealing the history of ramen's evolution while also painting a portrait of Japan's ramen culture.

The camera captures Tomita's virtually apprentice monk-like daily life: the extreme exactingness toward his soup and noodles; the care and precision practiced toward the ingredients; the severe scolding toward his pupils; the extraordinary care toward his customers; and his exploration of ramen shops on his days off.

Trivia & Awards

SHIGENO Koki’s directorial debut through ramen documentary made its initial appearance at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in 2017, since then travelled to Amsterdam, Greece, Spain and more.

Chef OSAMU Tomita has nabbed the title “Best Ramen of the Year,” from Japan’s most prestigious ramen guidebook for four years in a row also labelled as Japan’s current “King of Ramen”.

Ramen Heads Poster


Year 2018
Runtime 93 mins
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Country Japan
Genre Documentary
Rating U


  • TOMITA Osamu
  • IIDA Shota
  • ONISHI Yuki


  • TAKAHASHI Shigenori - Cinematography
  • KAWAI Masaki - Lighting
  • TOMINAGA Kenichi - Lighting
  • NISHIZAKI Keisuke - Animation
  • SAITO Junichi - Editor