JURY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY - Sonoma International Film Festival | BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - DEVOUR! The Food Film FestFood • Community • Active Aging • Entrepreneurship • Japanese Studies
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 57 minutes | Language: Japanese with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: John Daschbach | Producer: Wataru Yamamoto
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.