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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 regulars on their weekend culinary adventures across Japan’s picturesque countryside — harvesting gourmet pears, digging up bamboo shoots, mountain yams, and more.

Category Documentary
Original title また いらっしゃい (Mata Irasshai)
Director John Daschbach
Production JD Media Co., Ltd.
Country Japan
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 81 min
Year 2021
Language Japanese
Subtitles English
Genre Aging & Senior, Biography, Food, Human Interest, Nature & Environment, Society

Festivals

  • Hot Docs, Special Presentations, Canada (2021)
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia (2021)
  • Lunenburg DocFest, Canada (2021)
  • Toronto Food Film Festival, Canada (2021)
  • Bergen IFF, Norway (2021)
  • "Best Feature Documentary", Devour! The Food Film Fest, Canada (2021)
  • Newport Beach FF, USA (2021)
  • Denver FF, USA (2021)
  • Hawaii IFF, USA (2021)
  • DOC NYC, International Competition, USA (2021)
  • FIPADOC, Taste of Doc competition, France (2022)
  • HIFF Hana Hou Film Festival, USA (2022)
  • Bellville Downtown Docfest, Canada (2022)
  • "Best Documentary", Sonoma IFF, USA (2022)
  • Berkshire IFF, USA (2022)
  • Docs Ireland, Maysles Competition for Observational Documentary, UK (2022)
  • EIDF (EBS International Documentary Film Festival), South Korea (2022)
  • IIFF2022, International Intangible Heritage Film Festival, South Korea (2022)
  • Genuss Festival Zug, Switzerland (2022)
  • Japannual - Japanische Filmtage Wien, Austria (2022)
  • SIFF DocFest, USA (2022)

Quotes & Other

  • “I've lived in Japan. I've written extensively on the food culture of Japan. This is probably the best movie I've ever seen on the topic.”
    – Adam Platt, chief restaurant critic for New York Magazine
  • Winner of the Golden Tine Award for Best Feature Documentary at Devour! The Food FilmFest (Canada 2021): "The jury commented that this life-affirming film about a husband-and-wife duo running their Tokyo ramen shop to devoted customers truly reflects the spirit of Devour!, bringing food and community together."
  • Theatrical releases: in Australia via DEMAND Film and in Canada via Game Theory (July 2022) and New Zealand via Limelight Distribution (August 25, 2022).

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