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Self-taught ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko have run their Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei for more than 40 years. Scores of devoted customers have joined them in creating an intimate place of community. On the weekends, they venture together across the Japanese countryside, harvesting pears, bamboo shoots, and wild mountain yams. Acknowledging that nothing lasts forever and that the master must retire someday, everyone resolves to make the best of what time remains — to truly appreciate this special place, this uniquely delicious and soul-nourishing food, and this special community of friends before it is gone forever.

Directed by: John Daschbach

Starring: Masamoto and Kazuko Ueda

Genre: Documentary


"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... (It) recreates a welcome atmosphere of warmth and ambiance after an extremely isolating year."

- POV Magazine

"Though the meals are indeed mouth-watering, they’re not Daschbach’s focus; he’s more interested in the community that Ueda has built with his little restaurant."

- NOW Magazine

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