★ Premiered as the closing film of the Culinary Cinema section at the Berlin International Film Festival
★ Takumi Saitoh (Blank 13) X Japanese icon Seiko Matsuda
★ Ramen X Singapore Bak kut teh
Masato is a young ramen chef in the city of Takasaki in Japan. After the sudden death of his emotionally distant father, he chances upon a suitcase of memorabilia and a red notebook – filled with musings and old photos – left behind by his Singaporean mother who passed when he was just ten years old. Acting on a hunch, he takes off for Singapore with the notebook, hoping to piece together the story of this life, as well as that of this parents. There he meets Miki, a Japanese food blogger and single mother who helps him track down his maternal uncle Ah Wee, who runs a bak kut teh stall. Masato discovers that his grandmother Madam Lee is still alive, and that she holds the key to the tender yet turbulent love story of his parents. Masato and his grandmother try to heal each other’s broken soul and find salvation in the kitchen where the meals they cook become more than the sum of their ingredients.
Cast : Takumi Saitoh, Seiko Matsuda, Mark Lee, Jeanette Aw
About the director :
Born in Singapore in 1965, Eric Khoo put the city-state onto the international film map in 1995. With his debut feature Mee Pok Man (1995), followed by 12 Storeys (1997), he was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to major festivals. My Magic was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. In 2011, he released his first animated feature, Tatsumi, which was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and made its North American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His recent projects are inspired by Singapore’s history.
Ticketing for film screenings will start from 11Jul(Thu), 10 am at the ticket office of Cinematheque．Passion as well as our official website.