Home-grown film-maker Eric Khoo’s newest characteristic, Ramen Teh, has been chosen to be the closing movie of the Culinary Cinema part on the Berlin International Film Festival subsequent month.
Following the screening, a three-course menu impressed by the movie shall be served to moviegoers on the lavish pop-up restaurant Gropius Mirror on the pageant.
The meals shall be ready by acclaimed Vietnamese-German chef The Duc Ngo, who runs 10 eating places in Berlin, together with sushi restaurant Kuchi and Vietnamese eatery Madame Ngo.
Details of the brand new dishes are usually not but out there, however Khoo, 52, is definitely excited to style them.
He tells The Straits Times: “I was told that chef Duc Ngo cried while he was watching Ramen Teh. I am looking forward to his creations very much as I’m a greedy foodie.”
As the title suggests, the Culinary Cinema part, which is in its 12th version this yr, screens options, brief movies and documentaries which are themed round meals.
Films that have beforehand proven at this part embrace Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (2009) in addition to acclaimed documentaries Food, Inc (2008) and Monsieur Mayonnaise (2016).
Khoo is happy that his movie shall be proven on the pageant.
“Berlin is nostalgic for me as my first feature Mee Pok Man (1995) had played there,” he says.
Ramen Teh is a few Japanese ramen chef named Masato (performed by Takumi Saito) who travels to the Lion City to search out out extra about his Singaporean mom, who died when he was 10 years previous.
During the journey, he meets Miki (performed by Seiko Matsuda), a Japanese meals blogger who helps him observe down his Singaporean relations.
For Khoo, a lot of the enjoyable of engaged on this movie was attending to work with the forged. The hunky Saito, 36, is one in all Japan’s hottest idols, whereas elegant singer Matsuda, 55, is likely one of the greatest names within the Japanese pop music trade.
The director says: “I used to be launched to Takumi some years again after I launched my animation movie Tatsumi (2011) in Japan. He has a particular aura.
“I have been a fan of Seiko since I was a teenager and working with her on this meaningful film was a dream come true.”
In Singapore, Ramen Teh will get a theatrical release in March.
Although the movie is themed round meals, the film-maker says that it’s about a lot extra.
“Ramen Teh is a film about acceptance, forgiveness and reconciliation. I think Takumi said it best. When production wrapped, he felt like the character he was playing, as he says, he found a new family in Singapore,” he says.
“I actually had an pleasurable time making the movie, touched by the friendships that have been cast between the native group and the Japanese forged and crew.
“I hope the film will not only make the audience’s stomachs growl, but also their hearts stir.”
• Ramen Teh opens in Singapore on March 29.