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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
On the set of the film, Brittany Murphy nervously told director Robert Allan Ackerman that she had only ever been cast to be "either cute or crazy" and would not be able to deliver anything else. In response, they developed a code where he would say either "C1" or "C2." "C1" was "cute" and "C2" was "crazy," and Ackerman would say to her, "Too much C2, too much C1." 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 »
I'm so freakin' wasted I'm about to collapse. You got any beer?
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Written by Seiichi Sakurada and Kaoru Shinjô (as Kaoru Shinjo)
Performed by Saburô Kitajima (as Saburo Kitajima)
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As one who has lived in Japan and has eaten REAL Ramen, I enjoyed this movie just from that perspective. However, I was touched on other levels as well.
There is a depth to this movie that sadly many viewers simply will not be able to comprehend. This is a movie that goes beyond the technicality or "head thinking" aspect of a craft and addresses the heart or "spirit" of doing something.
This is clearly a movie about redemption. It is a movie about relationships. And, it is a movie about cross-cultural understanding and communication.
Ramen Girl touched my heart, and I hope it will touch yours as well.
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