Come Back AnytimeJapan, 2021 : Alberta Premiere
A window into the lives of self-taught Japanese ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko, who have run their tiny Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei for more than 40 years.
Scores of devoted customers have joined them in creating an intimate place of community. On the weekends, they venture together across the Japanese countryside, harvesting pears, bamboo shoots, and wild mountain yams. Acknowledging that nothing lasts forever and that the master must retire someday, everyone resolves to make the best of what time remains — to truly appreciate this special place, this uniquely delicious and soul-nourishing food, and this special community of friends before it is gone forever.
You Eat Ramen, We Eat Ramen, LETS ALL EAT RAMEN TOGETHER!
Join us before the screening, for a free cup of instant noodles and a visit, before the start of the film! Must have a screening ticket to participate. Doors open at 6pm.
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Tokyo-based filmmaker John Daschbach’s award-winning fiction feature debut, BRIEF REUNION (2011), opened theatrically in the US and is now available on VOD and DVD. John’s previous short films have appeared in film festivals, movie theaters, and on television throughout the world. COME BACK ANYTIME (2021) is his first documentary feature film.
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press for Come Back Anytime
"While this cozy, heartwarming doc is about the artistry of an excellent bowl of soup, it is just as much about the power of community and connection.… [It] recreates a welcome atmosphere of warmth and ambiance after an extremely isolating year."- POV Magazine
"Come Back Anytime is about savouring the time that we have, and about the community that savours with you when the time you have made for yourself is a product of passion, love, and play."- Movies For Reel
"The early section of the film, which focuses mostly on the food, will whet the audience's appetite, but the story gets a lot more engrossing when we leave the kitchen.... a heartfelt tribute to this fascinating spot..."- Exclaim! Magazine
screened with a short film
Koto: The Last Service
Canada, 2021, 15 min, Director Joella CabaluAfter nearly 40 years in operation, the family-run Koto Japanese Restaurant is closing down. Over the course of its final service, the small Vancouver Island community bids farewell.