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One man…leaves it all behind…to follow his Dream… RAMEN!
Ramen freak and blogger Keizo Shimamoto
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Ramen Dreams is a short film introducing ramen blogger turned ramen chef, Keizo Shimamoto, and his extraorinary passion for ramen.

Director Michael McAteer met Keizo Shimamoto in 2010 over a steaming bowl of Keizo’s now infamous ramen.  On one side of the counter, an American film maker born and raised in Japan, on the other, an LA raised ramen freak in a Japanese body… A body, as would later become clear, that was almost entirely made of ramen.


The idea for the film was conceived almost immediately, and inched closer to reality as the relationship between director and chef grew.  But it would take the addition of another critical ingredient to turn the dream into life: rapper KM$.

KM$, who is actually Keizo’s cousin, grew up in Japan with Keizo sending him tapes of the latest underground hiphop coming out of LA.  Now a major force in Tokyo’s hiphop scene, KM$ and his group Takarabune provided the perfect audio landscape for the film.



Food, Film and Music.  Three guys and their passions came together in a testament to the power of dreams.

Watch Ramen Dreams… and follow YOUR dreams.

 Watch ‘Ramen Dreams’

Dir. Michael McAteer, 7:30 minutes


All Images Copyright Michael McAteer and Open Mind Vision