Movies: Ramen Shop, Wild Nights with Emily, The Chaperone

Ramen Shop

This is the story about the son, Masato, who works for his aging father’s ramen shop in a small Japanese town. When the father suddenly dies, Masato travels to Singapore, his deceased mother’s country, in hopes of learning about his family and their cooking heritage.

Soon Masato meets a local food blogger and a new friendship begins, with the food scene as the conduit for an emerging relationship.

There is a sudden turn of events when Masato meets his grandmother, who rejected his mother because she married a Japanese man. It is a reflection of the scars from WWII that are still fresh from the Japanese occupation of Singapore.

Ultimately, it’s a charming film filled with a believable story line. It’s both heartbreaking and uplifting. The food scenes are wonderful.

This film is not rated. It’s in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and English with English subtitles. It’s suitable for maturing children. The run time is 90 minutes.

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Ramen Shop (2018)

Release Date: March 29, 2018
Starring: Takumi Saito, Seiko Matsuda, Jeanette Aw, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 89 min
Original Title: Ramen Teh
Original Film Language: 日本語
Production Companies: Knockonwood, Zhao Wei Films
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 died 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 his life, as well as that of his parents.

Cast Ramen Shop

  • Takumi Saito
  • Role: Masato
  • Seiko Matsuda
  • Role: Miki
  • Jeanette Aw
  • Role: Mei Lian
  • Tsuyoshi Ihara
  • Role: Kazuo
  • Mark Lee
  • Role: 
  • Tetsuya Bessho
  • Role: Uncle Akio
  • Beatrice Chien
  • Role: 

Crew Ramen Shop

  • Eric Khoo
  • Director
  • Tan Fong Cheng
  • Screenplay
  • Kim Hoh Wong
  • Screenplay
  • Masa Sawada
  • Producer
  • Eric Le Bot
  • Producer
  • Junxiang Huang
  • Producer
  • Yutaka Tachibana
  • Executive Producer
  • Tan Fong Cheng
  • Executive Producer

Wild Nights with Emily

Who knew?! This is the story of Emily Dickinson, the 19th century
American poet who enjoyed a life long affair with her sister-in-law Susan.

The film is also focused on the unpublished body of work by Ms. Dickinson, which at the time totaled over 1,775 poems. There is quite a stir around this issue and you’ll need to wait until the final credits to understand why.

Interestingly this film is rated PG-13 due to a mild element of sex & nudity, one incident of profanity, and a mild scene with alcohol and smoking. The film is listed as a Comedy, Drama with a run time of 84 minutes. It’s ultimately enjoyable, lighthearted and insightful.

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Wild Nights with Emily (2019)

Release Date: April 12, 2019
Starring: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman
Genres: Drama, History, Comedy
Runtime: 85 min
Original Title: Wild Nights with Emily
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Salem Street Entertainment, P2 Films
Explore Emily Dickinson's vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

Cast Wild Nights with Emily

  • Molly Shannon
  • Role: Emily
  • Amy Seimetz
  • Role: Mabel
  • Susan Ziegler
  • Role: Susan
  • Brett Gelman
  • Role: Higginson
  • Jackie Monahan
  • Role: Lavina
  • Kevin Seal
  • Role: Austin
  • Dana Melanie
  • Role: Young Emily
  • Sasha Frolova
  • Role: Young Susan
  • Joel Michaely
  • Role: Edward Dickinson
  • Lisa Haas
  • Role: Maggie

Crew Wild Nights with Emily

  • Madeleine Olnek
  • Director
  • Madeleine Olnek
  • Writer
  • Anna Stypko
  • Director of Photography
  • Anthony Clemente
  • Editor
  • Lee Eaton
  • Editor
  • Madeleine Olnek
  • Producer
  • Alex Peace
  • Line Producer
  • Anna Margarita Albelo
  • Producer
  • Casper Andreas
  • Producer
  • Max Rifkind-Barron
  • Producer
  • Jennifer Kriz
  • Executive Producer
  • Phi Tran
  • Art Direction
  • Isabel Mandujano
  • Costume Designer
  • Eimi Imanishi
  • Production Design
  • Joana Sotomayor
  • Production Design
  • Allison Fry
  • Production Design
  • Todd Remis
  • Executive Producer
  • David Moscow
  • Executive Producer
  • Julia Moser
  • Associate Producer
  • David Albiero
  • Associate Producer
  • Katherine Barber
  • Hair Designer

The Chaperone

See this movie for the outstanding acting, a great cast, the numerous unexpected twists and turns and an insightful peek at life in the 1920s Wichita, Kansas and New York City.

The cast is perfectly in sync with its characters and the story line. It’s not shy about confronting real world circumstances of its day, most of which recur generation after generation. Perhaps that was the undercurrent the Director was seeking. Once again, this film was based on true events.

The film is not rated. It’s listed as Art House & International, Drama. We feel it is not suitable for young children. The run time is 108 minutes. Reviews have been all over the board, but we liked it a lot.

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The Chaperone (2019)

Release Date: March 29, 2019
Starring: Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson, Victoria Hill, Campbell Scott
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 103 min
Original Title: The Chaperone
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Fibonacci Films
In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City.

Cast The Chaperone

  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Role: Norma
  • Haley Lu Richardson
  • Role: Louise Brooks
  • Victoria Hill
  • Role: Myra Brooks
  • Campbell Scott
  • Role: Alan Carlisle
  • Géza Röhrig
  • Role: Joseph
  • Blythe Danner
  • Role: Mary O'Dell
  • Miranda Otto
  • Role: Ruth St. Dennis
  • Kate Grimes
  • Role: Ms. Burton
  • Matt McGrath
  • Role: Raymond
  • Andrew Burnap
  • Role: Floyd
  • Bill Hoag
  • Role: Jack
  • Tyler Weaks
  • Role: Howard Carlisle
  • Ellen Toland
  • Role: Greta
  • Robert Fairchild
  • Role: Ted Shawn
  • Sean Hudock
  • Role: Norman Ross
  • Steve Garfanti
  • Role: Cafe Patron
  • George Hampe
  • Role: Earl Carlisle
  • Ruben Navarro
  • Role: Train Station Father
  • Kate Abbruzzese
  • Role: Gypsy Woman
  • Daphne Gaines
  • Role: Della
  • Vinson German
  • Role: Music Hall Man
  • Susan J. Jacks
  • Role: Nun on Train
  • Noelle Cappuzzo
  • Role: Student Dancer
  • Daisy Pugh-Weiss
  • Role: Young Greta
  • Jonathan Walker
  • Role: Leonard Brooks
  • Stan Demidoff
  • Role: Flower Seller
  • Cilda Shaur
  • Role: Second Woman
  • Craig Geraghty
  • Role: Taxi Driver
  • McLean Peterson
  • Role: Walker
  • Collin Jeffery
  • Role: Martin

Crew The Chaperone

  • Michael Engler
  • Director
  • Laura Moriarty
  • Novel
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Screenplay
  • Nick Matthews
  • Director of Photography
  • Andrew Jackness
  • Production Design
  • Eric Lewis Beauzay
  • Art Direction
  • Candice Donnelly
  • Costume Design

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