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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
In several scenes people are seen taking their shoes off before entering a house. This is a Japanese custom where the inside of the house is considered 'clean' and the outside 'un-clean'. The shoes are considered part of the outside and are 'un-clean'. It is very disrespectful to wear shoes inside someone else's home. See more »
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 »
Hey Japan! I was fired tonight! On Christmas Eve!... Heartless japanese! Cold blooded Japan!
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I knew nothing about this movie before watching it but within minutes I was hooked.
Brittany Murphy tugged at my heart's strings as she portrayed a girl who is left alone in Tokyo trying to find a purpose or reason to go on.
This movie does very well even though the Ramen Girl (Abby) doesn't understand what anyone is saying at first. You quickly pull for her to succeed in the battle of translation.
The Culture clash is entertaining and hilarious at times. The only downside I have (Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler) is just that I wished the ending would have been slightly different. Either way, I'm glad to have this pleasant surprise in movie collection.
If you have always wanted to visit Japan, or have any interest in Japanese culture, this will certainly tickle your fancy.
Hope you enjoy.
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