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The Ramen Girl
Japan 2008
Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Screenplay: Becca Topol
Producer: Kimio Kataoka, Cleve Landsberg, Brittany Murphy, Masafumi Odawara, Michael Eliasberg, Philip Hall
Cast: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Sohee Park, Kimiko Yo, Reila Aphrodite
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 102
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Studio:  Media 8 Entertainment DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  May 2009 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$14.98]
Reviews:  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?

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