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The Ramen Girl

4.1 out of 5 stars 498 customer reviews

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An American slacker (Brittany Murphy, 8 Mile; Girl, Interrupted) abandoned by her boyfriend in Tokyo finds her calling in an unlikely place: a local ramen house run by a tyrannical chef who doesn't speak of a word of English. Undaunted by the chef's raging crankiness, Abby convinces him to teach her the art of ramen preparation...and despite hilarious clashes of culture and personality, she learns how to put passion and spirit into her life as well as her cooking.

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  • Actors: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Sohee Park, Kimiko Yo
  • Directors: Robert Allan Ackerman
  • Writers: Becca Topol
  • Producers: Brittany Murphy, Cleve Landsberg, Kimio Kataoka, Masafumi Odawara, Michael Eliasberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RTKKRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ramen Girl" on IMDb

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I'm half Japanese and lived in rural Japan until I was 13. this film struck a cord with me.... true to life in the characters, accurate Japanese, and deep truths about the Japanese heart. I loved the scene with the ramen sensei's mother. as mentioned in other reviews, I found the very Chinese music annoying-but the noodle shop sign says chinese noodles, so we'll let that slide. if you've spent any time in Japan, you'll appreciate this film. Just remember to look below the surface.
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This romantic comedy owes its inspiration to Tampopo the critically acclaimed, gently quirky Japanese film about a female mastering the masculine art of ramen noodle soup making. Brittany Murphy is really quite good as a rudderless 20-something American abandoned in Toyko by her boyfriend. She happens upon a ramen shop and is inspired to master the art of making the perfect Ramen soup. There is a lot of attention to detail in set design and costume, although Ms. Murphy's shoes are probably not what kitchen help would really wear to put in a 12-hour day.

The Ramen Girl has some subtitles due to its authentic Japanese cast which lend the feel of an art house flick. Another nice touch is a soup making competition in which actor Tsutomu Yamazaki, who was the truck driving mentor in Tampopo, turns in a comic turn as the judge of the soup making competition. I believe this movie has enough charm to appeal to a wide range of viewers and if you really like it, hey, check out Tampopo as well.
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As and American after living in Japan for almost 4 years and opening my own restaurant there I can totally relate to this movie. It is very realistic and true to life if an American would cook ramen in Japan. The personalities of the shop owners are portrayed to the "T" The humor is true to life as well. You don't need to have lived in Japan to understand and appreciate that their culture is not unlike this movie portrays. The wife wanting to become close to Abbey and siding with her and the shop owner and his tough exterior, drinking habits and loathe of Abbey in the beginning shows that most older Japanese men truely do not show their emotions and are very guarded with them as well as their secrets. Once you get to know the charactors and understand them the appreciation for this movie grows by leaps and bounds. Even in this day and age to befriend a Japanese national you must prove yourself to the fullest extent humanly possible and once you have broken the ice you have a friend/family for a lifetime. This movie depicts this very clearly and shows both sides of what it is like to be an American in Japan as well as being Japanese and having foreigners living among you.
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By Len on September 25, 2011
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It didn't seem like a movie to do it, but this film choked me up. Brittany Murphy is terrific (if not a bit weepy herself) as a lost soul who finds inner strength and a self-awareness through the Japanese ethos of committing to one thing and doing it incredibly well. The engine of her journey is of course ramen making, but it could be anything that one must commit to not just with mind, but with heart to succeed. There are many wonderful sequences in this film, as when Abby and her grumpy sensei visit his mother to learn to reconnect with cooking from your heart; when the stoic grandmaster passes judgement on Abby's ramen through a series of understated gestures and facial contortions, and when Abby metaphorically "puts her tears" into her ramen and, so doing, brings her customers into cathartic states of sobbing.

I think you'll like this film if you're a fan of Japanese culture, or a foodie, or just like small films or Brittany Murphy. It's a quirky delightful winner.
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The late Brittany Murphy shines in this heartwarming movie about self-discovery. Abby (Murphy) moves to Japan to be with her boyfriend but when she gets dumped, she finds herself in a fix. Unwilling to return to the States, thinking she still has a chance to make it up with her BF, Abby finds a new purpose in the ramen place across the street from her apartment. One rainy night, a despondent Abby wanders into the ramen shop after closing, and starts weeping. The chef Maezumi (Toshiyuki Nishida) and his wife are puzzled as they can't speak English and Abby can't converse in Japanese, so they offer some ramen to comfort her. It does that and more - inspired by the wonderful taste of the ramen, Abby is seized by a sudden desire to learn how to cook ramen, and like an annoying gnat, keeps harassing the chef until he finally takes her on as his apprentice - but not without giving her a really hard time (Abby's initial duties include cleaning the kitchen and the dirty toilets as well as waiting on tables).

The heated exchanges between Abby and Maezumi make for great entertainment- Maezumi as played by Nishida is an irascible taskmaster, who hides a lot of pain beneath his prickly demeanor. Abby, portrayed brilliantly by Murphy, is an initially naive, lost soul trying to find a purpose in life, and struggles to adapt to a foreign environment - not speaking Japanese doesn't help either. There is also a cast of secondary characters, such as the American woman who works as a call girl/mistress, the handsome, young Japanese executive who forms a relationship with Abby, the chef's wife, and a few eccentric regulars at the ramen place. The story does not get overly sappy, and the story, though predictable, is not without a couple of twists.
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