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Death and Ramen

Tiger Ji

I decided to make this film after my grandpa passed away. His insistence on never taking life seriously allowed me to embrace mortality. Levity and joy became my way to transfigure grief. On the flip side of nihilism was a bowl of kimchi ramen: as tough as it gets, all your pain can become eased in this single bowl, distilled into something warm and gorgeous.

Tiger is a writer / director from Hong Kong. He first gained recognition at age 19 with his award-winning short, WUHAN DRIVER, which caught the attention of EP Jonathan Sanger (VANILLA SKY, ELEPHANT MAN). His subsequent short film, DEATH & RAMEN, stars comedian Bobby Lee and actor Matt Jones from BREAKING BAD, and premiered at the Palm Springs Shortfest. It was picked up by Ouat Media for distribution, and is currently in the festival circuit. Tiger studied at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he majored in philosophy and read a bunch of Russian literature. He has also studied under acclaimed filmmakers like Ruben Ostlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, THE SQUARE), and Lucrecia Martel (LA CIÉNEGA), and is an alumnus of the 2022 Short to Feature Lab led by Jim Cummings (THUNDER ROAD). Inspired by Hong Kong cinema, his films fuse Eastern and Western sensibilities, and blend the absurd with the serious. Managed by Echo Lake Entertainment, Tiger is based in New York, where he currently develops his first feature adaptation for DEATH & RAMEN.