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The Ramen Girl ()


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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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Abby
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
Maezumi
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Toshi Iwamoto (as Sohee Park)
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Reiko
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Charlie
Renji Ishibashi ...
Udagawa
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Ethan
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Gretchan
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
NaNa ...
Young Woman at the Shrine
Shinji Suzuki ...
Goth Boy at the Shrine
Kosei Asami ...
Young Boy
Ken Toyama ...
Suzuki
Jûdai Ikeshita ...
Depressed Businessman
Sachiko Matsuura ...
Secretary
Tomiko Ishii ...
Megumi
Rei Okamoto ...
Midori
Nichita Tanabe ...
Harumi's Colleague (as Nitta Tanabe)
Ken Maeda ...
Harumi
Takaki Uda ...
Akira
Takahiro Hirano ...
Kuma
Takanobu Kaneko ...
Udagawa's Son
Yutaka Oda ...
Kendo Master
Sonha Chô ...
Ueno
Man Kato ...
Manager
Kazuya Takahashi ...
Male Singer
Takako Ogasawara ...
Elf #1
Mai Ishikawa ...
Elf #2
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Mamasan (scenesDeleted)
Akiko Monô ...
Mio
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Yuki (as Masayoshi Hanada)
Masayoshi Nogami ...
Merchant 1
Hideki Kurauchi ...
Merchant 2
Shû Nakajima ...
Merchant 3 (as Shu Nakajima)
Ruru Furuya ...
Twin Babies - Emiko (as Ruru, Mimi Furuya)
Mimi Furuya ...
Twin Babies - Aiko (as Ruru, Mimi Furuya)
Naoki Saitô ...
Kenichi (scenesDeleted) (as Naoki Saito)
Hisako Ôkata ...
Maezumi's Mother
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Grand Master
Haruki Kobayashi ...
Jin
Tiffany Martin ...
NY Young Female Cook
Sonya Inge ...
NY Waitress
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NY Waiter
Jorge Diaz Rodriguez ...
Latino Customer
Dona Granata ...
Female Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Abe ...
Asami
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Mother in Metro (as Ben)
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N.Y. customer
Edward L. Papazian ...
N.Y. customer
Daisuke Takahashi ...
Tom
Hajime Inoue ...
Tak (uncredited)
Shôichirô Masumoto ...
(uncredited)
Kazumi Nakamura ...
(uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Robert Allan Ackerman

Written by

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Becca Topol ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robert Allan Ackerman ... producer
Randy Dannenberg ... co-producer
Michael Eliasberg ... executive producer
Philip Hall ... co-producer
Stewart Hall ... producer
Kimio Kataoka ... producer
Cleve Landsberg ... executive producer
Brittany Murphy ... producer
Yôko Narahashi ... producer (as Yoko Narahashi)
Masafumi Odawara ... executive producer

Music by

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Carlo Siliotto

Cinematography by

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Yoshitaka Sakamoto

Film Editing by

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Rick Shaine

Editorial Department

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David Block ... digital intermediate colorist
Martin C. Heselov ... assistant editor
Todd Kolker ... post-production coordinator
Soichi Satake ... colorist

Casting By

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Yôko Narahashi
Victoria Thomas

Production Design by

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Tsutomu Imamura

Costume Design by

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Dona Granata

Makeup Department

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Maya Hardinge ... personal makeup artist
Robert Ramos ... hair stylist: Brittany Murphy

Production Management

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Motoki Ishida ... unit production manager
Tim Pedegana ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ed Licht ... first assistant director

Sound Department

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Steven Avila ... sound effects editor
Trip Brock ... supervising sound editor
Marcello De Francisci ... midi programming
Adam DeCoster ... foley artist (as Adam De Coster)
Michael J. Fox ... supervisor & mix
Peter D. Lago ... sound effects editor
Greg Mauer ... foley mixer
Chris Navarro ... adr mixer
Rick Owens ... foley artist
Mark A. Rozett ... re-recording mixer
Marco Streccioni ... sound engineer
Steven Utt ... sound
Kelly Vandever ... re-recording mixer
Ben Whitver ... foley editor
Brian S.M. Wroth ... dialogue editor

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Masato Aonuma ... cg artist: NTT Media Lab
Kôji Misada ... digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
Hiroki Mori ... lead digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
Dai Sato ... cg artist: NTT Media Lab
Takeshi Shin ... visual effects supervisor: NTT Media Lab
Yuki Sugimoto ... matchmove artist: NTT Media Lab (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jeffrey R. Clark ... Steadicam operator

Casting Department

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Robyn Owen ... associate casting director
Yesi Ramirez ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jeriana San Juan ... assistant costume designer (as Jeriana Hochberg)

Location Management

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Tomohiko Seki ... location manager

Music Department

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Drew DeAscentis ... music editor
Daniel Hamuy ... midi score programmer / music score producer / orchestrator
Adam Klemens ... conductor
Vitek Kral ... score engineer
Howard Paar ... music supervisor
Julie Pearce ... additional music editor
Giovanni Rotondo ... music preparation
Karen Sidlow ... music clearance
Marco Streccioni ... music recording engineer / music scoring mixer

Other crew

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Tada Chae ... translator
Hayato Chaki ... production assistant
Andrijana Cvetkovik ... researcher
Audrey Delaney ... executive
Lee Ettinger ... sales and distribution head
Shari Huggins ... insurance provider
Hideo Kimura ... adr artist
Brian Kobo ... bilingual production assistant
Shaun Redick ... sales agent
Edgar Sandoval ... insurance underwriter
Akiko Shima ... adr voice
Kazuko Shingyoku ... script supervisor
Suzanne Tierney ... legal services
Satoko Tsuji ... production accountant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines In food as in life, sometimes the missing ingredient is love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Râmengâlu (Japan)
  • Könnyes leves (Hungary)
  • Μια Αμερικανίδα στο Τόκιο (Greece)
  • Milosc o smaku orientu (Poland)
  • Mia Amerikanida sto Tokyo (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs In Japan, taxi's doors are operated exclusively by the driver. Passengers do not open nor close them. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Japan: Hokkaido (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Lights Go Out See more »
Quotes Maezumi: A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe with life from the sea, the mountains, and the earth. All existing in perfect harmony. Harmony is essential. What holds it all together is the broth. The broth gives life to the ramen.
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