Release Date: June 8, 2013


In pursuit of the one and only ramen in town, customers await in the long queue formed in front of a small ramen shop, Taishoken. The wait they are faced with is at least 2 hours, but yet some even commute for a taste of Mr Yamagishi’s ramen…


Don’t let the title fool you. This story is not about ramen, the popular noodle soup dish in Japan. It is about a man, Kazuo Yamagishi who celebrated the joy of eating by continuing to provide his customers with a taste that guaranteed their return. He created what became a taste of home, a taste of belonging, and even a taste of religion to his customers. This is a story of Taishoken, and its philosophy on life.

It was in 2011 when the camera first entered the premises of the cozy ramen shop in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The shop is situated behind an alleyway that is aligned with customers daily, and within the shop apprentices are hustling about, while regular customers savor their bowls.

Yamagishi’s motto is this. To serve his customers with the most delicious reasonably priced ramen, with a portion that is large enough to fill a customer’s tummy full. At first sight, Yamagishi’s ramen may seem like Mt. Everest, a mountain of noodles piled high on a ramen bowl. But it’s not just the ramen freaks come here for. They come here because they are attracted to Yamagishi’s character, or because HE is here.

Having established a legend on his own, Yamagishi was living his dream. But as with anything, nothing can last forever. Yamagishi soon begins to feel the consequences of his health habits and heavy labor.


Kazuo Yamagishi
Shosuke Tanihara (Narration)
Joe Hisaishi (Ending Theme

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