"Somewhere along the way I just forgot what I wanted to do with my life..."
Jan 17, 2010
The late Brittany Murphy stars in the charming culture-clash romantic comedy of THE RAMEN GIRL (2008). After relocating to Japan and being dumped by her boyfriend, Abby (Murphy) drowns her sorrows at a local Ramen shop. Delighted by the traditional dish of noodles, vegetables and pork, Abby resolves to learn how to cook the meal herself...triggering an hilarious battle of wills with her reluctant "sensei" (Toshiyuki Nishida) in the process!
Beautifully filmed on location in Japan, THE RAMEN GIRL is an adorable movie and Ms Murphy does a lovely job in the lead. On the downside, Becca Topol's screenplay is rather disjointed, peppered with too many characters who start off strong but seem to go nowhere (Tammy Blanchard as Gretchan, Daniel Evans as Tom, etc.).
Purely for fans of the late great Brittany Murphy, this will always be a must-see, but I'd love for this forgotten film to find an even larger audience. It deserves to.
Ramen Girl follows the familiar pattern of somebody in their mid-20s who is lost in life and finds herself in a foreign country. In this case, the finding is odd. Brittany Murphy's character finds her calling in ramen. In particular, she wants to learn how to cook the perfect bowl of Ramen. She asks a Japanese chef who speaks no English to teacher her, an American who speaks no Japanese, how to make Ramen. The movie was actually pretty funny. It includes frequent scenes of … more
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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.
Stills from The Ramen Girl (Click for larger image)