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The Ramen Girl
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A fun little movie with little pieces of seriousness within. A nice pairing with "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".Published 12 days ago by ClevelandBill
I really liked the interplay between the two main characters, that clash between 'I gotta be me' and 'do what your family/teacher tells you' that they both were feeling. Read morePublished 18 days ago by theamazingcatherine
The sequel to Tampopo - and pretty well done. Entertaining and different. Takes 'loving food' to new levels in an entertaining way!Published 19 days ago by Todd_in_MN
I really love this film, very cute message while exploring the Japanese culture.Published 23 days ago by Claudia M. French
Complete unique story about trying to discover what your dream is & the abstract path to attaining that dream. Luv the insight into Japanese culture too.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like this movie a lot and keep re-watching it. This is one of my favorite movies with Brittany Murphy.Published 1 month ago by Naomi Sanders
A culinary tale about a lost soul forcing her way in to a new career despite the odds against her.Published 1 month ago by Matt L.
Really sweet and unexpected movie (and I'm a dude). Just loved it and so did my wife. Why not 5 stars? Read morePublished 1 month ago by buffnut86
Corny, sweet story of a heartbroken girl who has been abandoned by her boyfriend in Japan, but finds happiness and ultimately meaning working as an apprentice in a ramen shop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Gulyas