Takumi Saito (right) and Seiko Matsuda in a still from Singapore-set Ramen Teh (category I; Japanese, English, Mandarin, Cantonese) directed by Eric Khoo. Mark Lee co-stars

Ramen Teh film review: food and family take centre stage in Singaporean drama

  • Eric Khoo’s film starts out like Crazy Rich Asians shot on a shoestring budget, taking a whistle-stop tour of Singapore without the in-your-face gaudiness
  • Unfortunately he adds a weighty family drama that’s clumsily handled, but Mark Lee, as the bubbly uncle of a visiting ramen chef, almost saves the day
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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Takumi Saito (right) and Seiko Matsuda in a still from Singapore-set Ramen Teh (category I; Japanese, English, Mandarin, Cantonese) directed by Eric Khoo. Mark Lee co-stars
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Jeon Do-yeon in a still from Birthday (category I; Korean), directed by Lee Jong-un. Sul Kyung-gu co-stars.

Birthday film review: Jeon Do-yeon, Sul Kyung-gu in mournful drama set after 2014 Sewol ferry disaster

  • Lead actors play estranged parents mourning their son, killed in real-life sinking; the boy’s mother hasn’t accepted his death, and wants a divorce
  • Those looking for a film about the disaster and its aftermath will be disappointed; this is a masterclass in mournfulness, but focused on one family’s grief
Topic |   Asian cinema: Korean films

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Jeon Do-yeon in a still from Birthday (category I; Korean), directed by Lee Jong-un. Sul Kyung-gu co-stars.
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