Ants on a Shrimp
One of the world's best restaurant, the Copenhagen based NOMA and its renowned chef-owner René Redzepi relocate the restaurant and its entire staff to Tokyo.
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★★★½ review by amyjackson on Letterboxd
an extended version of "chef's table" basically, with more swearing and really hot Scandinavians (shoutout to Lars)
wish they had more scenes of them out exploring Japan and finding ingredients, that was my fav
also got mildly annoyed with people in the cinema that made sounds of disgust when animals were killed / prepared, mostly because I assume they had already tucked into two-three meat based meals already that day (sorry if everyone there was a vegetarian but lbr they probably weren't), where u think your hamburgers come from? that kind of hypocs always grinds my gearz even as someone who is (currently) choosing to eat meat
★★★½ review by ZlatkoGR on Letterboxd
το ξέρω, θα σας φανεί τρελό, αλλά εγώ άνετα έτρωγα το entrée με τη [ζωντανή] γαρίδα με τα [ψόφια] μυρμήγκια
★★★½ review by Nina on Letterboxd
Pretty well-rounded documentary about NOMA's adventure to Japan.
★★★★ review by vwvw on Letterboxd
I wish I could chew on Japanese twigs in a lush forest and become enlightened.
★★★★ review by Patrick McCoy on Letterboxd
Maurice Dekker's documentary on the NOMA pop-up restaurant in Tokyo, Ants On A Shrimp (2016) appealed to me on several levels. First, as a foodie I an interested in creative high end food, secondly it is always interesting to see how highly successful people operate and the lengths they go for the result they demand, and thirdly the fact that this event took place in my adopted city of Tokyo was intriguing. Executive Chef and owner Rene Redzepi is the creative force behind the project and constantly pushes his handpicked team to challenge themselves to produce the best dishes possible and in this context it meant trying to learn and incorporate ingredients that were unfamiliar to the Denmark-based crew and this involved months (if not years) of research prior to the project. In the film the crew visits all regions of Japan (Okinawa, Kyushu, Nagano, Tohoku, and Hokkaido for example) in different seasons to research the best ingredients. Reprized is humble enough to know that it would be futile to recreate Japanese-style dishes (He says there are probably 2000 restaurants that can do sashimi better than them), but use the ingredients to inspire new creations. It was a challenge to have fun and and push themselves to the next level, and is an example of how he was able to capture the world's best restaurant from 2010-2012 and in 2014. The dedication of his staff was impressive as well-I think anyone who has had the opportunity to be part of a successful team gets a lot of satisfaction from working with inspirational and creative colleagues that help push you to do your best. I found this to be a fascinating and inspirational film.
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