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The Ramen Girl (2008)

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An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.

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Toshiyuki Nishida ...
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Toshi Iwamoto (as Sohee Park)
Kimiko Yo ...
Reiko
Daniel Evans ...
Charlie
Renji Ishibashi ...
Udagawa
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Ethan
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Daigo Tanji ...
Taxi Driver
Thane Camus ...
Wilson
Hako Ueno ...
Hanako
Masayuki Maekawa ...
Vendor
Yûya Ogawa ...
College Student (as Yuya Ogawa)
Tomoyuki Kuramoto ...
College Student
Yuta ...
Young Man at the Shrine
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Abby, four years out of college, an aimless child of privilege, comes to Tokyo to be with her boyfriend, who promptly leaves for Osaka. She wants to stay in Tokyo in hopes he'll come back to her, but she's miserable: she speaks little Japanese and has a dull job as a law-firm gopher. She stumbles into the neighborhood ramen shop operated by the aging master chef Maezumi and his wife Reiko. His soup cheers Abby, so she decides to apprentice herself to him. He's uninterested, she's insistent, so he shouts at her and gives her all the cleaning to do. Weeks go by; she's persistent. Will he ever actually teach her to cook? And if he does, will she bring the requisite spirit to the job? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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chef | master | japanese | stranded | ramen | See All (27) »

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She's Cooking Up A Storm. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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The shoot was a difficult one for Brittany Murphy, with her sometimes hours late to set, and expressing constant anxiety about her appearance and her reputation. See more »

Goofs

Abby tells Maezumi that she's never finished anything important in her life, including college. However, she is shown working for a Japanese company in the first part of the film, which would not be possible since Japan does not issue work permits to foreigners who have only a high school diploma. See more »

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Abby: Somewhere along the way I just forgot what I wanted to do with my life...
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Referenced in Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Japan: Hokkaido (2011) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Kazuya Takahashi
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ignore the user votes, this movie was actually fun to watch
21 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

I gave this movie a fair 7/10. I would ignore the nonsensical 1/10 and 10/10 ratings and give it a fair shake if you're into Japanese food and culture. I was pretty surprised at how they portrayed Japanese culture...not totally accurate, but not a travesty either. I also wouldn't consider this to be a remake of Tampopo -- totally different characters and story lines. But it was fun seeing the main cowboy hat-wearing guy from Tampopo doing a small role as the ramen grand master. His expressions and eating reactions were hilarious! The filmmakers obviously have a love of japan and its culture, and I can feel their sincerity in sharing this joy through this movie. This movie isn't perfect by a longshot (the whole subplot with the British guy and the southern girl was useless and irritating), but there were some genuinely fun and funny moments. Keep your expectations in check and just enjoy the movie for what it is.


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