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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
The film marked a milestone in the evolution of American depictions of Japan in popular culture. It was shot in Japan with Japanese characters, who spoke Japanese rather than broken or accented English. See more »
Thr driver's side is on the right in Japanese cars and in a taxi the passenger normally enters on the left side not behind the driver. In all the scenes, the passengers were getting in the cabs on the right side. Also, As Yoshi was leaving for the airport in the taxi, unless it was a one-way street, the cab should have been traveling in the left lane. Even on a one-way street, however, taxis normally pick up passengers on the left side of the road. See more »
I Know the problem. Your Forehead is too small. A small Forehead means a small brain. Like a monkey. You should be swinging from a tree screaming "kya kya kya".
If you just look at the ramen you'll feel it.
Stop thinking about words! Use your heart!
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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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