The Ramen Girl

October 23, 2008 0 By Fans
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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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.1/10 (2,751 voted)

Robert Allan Ackerman

Stars: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard

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?


Brittany Murphy


Toshiyuki Nishida


Sohee Park

Toshi Iwamoto

Kimiko Yo


Daniel Evans


Renji Ishibashi


Gabriel Mann


Tammy Blanchard


Daigo Tanji

Taxi Driver

Thane Camus


Hako Ueno


Masayuki Maekawa


Yûya Ogawa

College Student

(as Yuya Ogawa)

Tomoyuki Kuramoto

College Student


Young Man at the Shrine

Her romance is on pins and noodles.


Official Website:
Official site [Japan]|

Release Date: 23 October 2008

Filming Locations: Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Technical Specs


(European Film Market)


I don't know anything about love. Every time I feel it, it's gone, it disappears and all I have left is pain and sadness.

User Review

ignore the user votes, this movie was actually fun to watch

Rating: 7/10

I gave this movie a fair 7/10. I would ignore the nonsensical 1/10 and
10/10 ratings and give it a fair shake if you're into Japanese food and
culture. I was pretty surprised at how they portrayed Japanese
culture…not totally accurate, but not a travesty either. I also
wouldn't consider this to be a remake of Tampopo — totally different
characters and story lines. But it was fun seeing the main cowboy
hat-wearing guy from Tampopo doing a small role as the ramen grand
master. His expressions and eating reactions were hilarious! The
filmmakers obviously have a love of japan and its culture, and I can
feel their sincerity in sharing this joy through this movie. This movie
isn't perfect by a longshot (the whole subplot with the British guy and
the southern girl was useless and irritating), but there were some
genuinely fun and funny moments. Keep your expectations in check and
just enjoy the movie for what it is.