Actor Watanabe Dai (26) is starring in a movie called “Ramen Samurai,” scheduled for release this October. The movie, which finished filming this week, is based on a magazine column that was written by the owner of a popular ramen shop.
The story is set in Kurume, Fukuoka, said to be the birthplace of tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen. Watanabe plays a young man working at a design firm in Tokyo who returns to his hometown after hearing of his father’s death. He is forced to take over his father’s ramen shop, despite having no confidence in making ramen and not getting along well with the shop’s workers. Relying on his mother’s and his own memories, he struggles to recreate the flavor of his father’s ramen.
Watanabe also plays the part of the father during his younger days. Yamaguchi Sayaka (31), who is originally from Fukuoka, plays the wife and mother by herself.
Segi Naoki (“KIZUKI,” “Sennenbi”) directed the film. Theatrical release is planned to start throughout Kyushu on October 22.