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  • Actors: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishi, Tammy Blanchard, Sohee Park, Kimiko Yo
  • Directors: Robert Allan Ackerman
  • Producers: Brittany Murphy, Robert Allan Ackerman, Stewart Hall, Kimio Kataoka, Yôko Narahashi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00283PUSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brittany Murphy stars in this romantic comedy as Abby a young American woman living in Tokyo who finds herself deserted by her boyfriend. Bored and isolated she ends up in the neighbourhood ramen shop where she decides that in order to give her life some much-needed direction she must persuade tyrannical master chef Maezumi (Toshiyuki Nishida) to take her on as his apprentice. But as their personalities clash and tempers simmer can this seemingly mismatched student and teacher ever collaborate to produce a bowl of the soup that must be made with love and tenderness?

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
This is a unique film that shows a different side of Japan, in a way like the original Japanese version of Shall We Dance? [DVD], but what makes this film even more special is that this is a Hollywood movie about the cultural side of Japan!

Obviously I'm not going to spoil the film by revealing the plot, so I'd like to concentrate on other things. If you have been to Japan and have experienced the ramen noodles, this film will make you smile all the way especially after the ramen restaurant appears. The experts know that this kind of slightly old and 'scummy' restaurants serve the best ramen! If you watched Tampopo [DVD], you must have seen how serious Japanese people are about ramen noodles, and that the whole thing about good ramen is discussed at a philosophical level!

My favourite part of this film is that the role of the Ramen Master is played by a brilliant brilliant actor, Toshiyuki Nishida. He is a VERY well-known and my favourite Japanese actor, but he hasn't been known outside Japan much, because this film is his first ever Hollywood movie appearance. His appearing in Hollywood scene was long overdue, but at last he has arrived!

Brittany Murphy is lovely, too, and through the process of learning how to make good ramen with her very tetchy Master (Nishida), she starts to see what is really important in her heart, and there is this wonderful moment of eye contact when these two stubborn guys who don't understand each other with language can exchange something in their hearts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Månsson on 10 Mar. 2010
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This is actually a very funny, quirky, original and underrated movie! It is a rom-com, but not your regular one, but instead it shows us a different perspective on the genre. Brittany Murphy is amazing as Abby, the young woman who goes to Japan to be with her boyfriend - who dumps her in a matter of minutes when she gets there. After crying for a while she decides to go and eat at a restauant near her apartment building and decides she wants to work there and become a Ramen cook. Easier said than done, it turns out.
A very sweet film with some really funny moments. Well worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 April 2011
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Abby has moved her life over to Tokyo to be with her boyfriend, but ends up stranded after he decides he doesn't want Abby tagging along with him anymore, and abandons her, leaving her in a strange country and unable to speak to language. Abby feels very alone, and wanders into a local Ramen shop where she meets the elderly owner who think she is completely barmy. After eating the Ramen, Abby is hooked and persuades the chef to teach her how to become a Ramen chef. Maezumi isn't sure he can teach an American girl one of Japan's best dishes, and is reluctant to give her a fair go. Abby wants to prove herself to him and works madly to show she can become a Ramen chef, but is it enough to win the blessing of the Master Chef so Abby can continue Maezumi's shop?

The film is completely set in Japan, and aside from Abby almost all of the characters are Japanese people. It has a real authenticity about it, it captures the less glitzy hi-tech side of Japan that we see on the news and online, and I really enjoyed the journey of this movie. Murphy is probably the only name that most people will realise but the actor who plays Chef Maezumi, Toshiyuki Nishida, is apparently quite well known in Japanese TV circles but he didn't really mean anything to me!

Murphy is brilliant to watch on-screen as Abby, and I think she gives an amazing performance. I've only previously seen her in more comedic roles, so to see her take on a more serious role was really good, and she was brilliant. Abby is a confused and lost soul, and Murphy puts across this in her expression and her manner, and she's very mesmerising. She isn't afraid to show a less glamourous side of herself in the film, and works so well with Nishida, despite the language barrier the pair's chemistry on-screen says a thousand words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2009
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This is a unique film that shows a different side of Japan, in a way like the original Japanese version of Shall We Dance? [DVD], but what makes this film even more special is that this is a Hollywood movie about the cultural side of Japan!

Obviously I'm not going to spoil the film by revealing the plot, so I'd like to concentrate on other things. If you have been to Japan and have experienced the ramen noodles, this film will make you smile all the way especially after the ramen restaurant appears. The experts know that this kind of slightly old and 'scummy' restaurants serve the best ramen! If you watched Tampopo [DVD], you must have seen how serious Japanese people are about ramen noodles, and that the whole thing about good ramen is discussed at a philosophical level!

My favourite part of this film is that the role of the Ramen Master is played by a brilliant brilliant actor, Toshiyuki Nishida. He is a VERY well-known and my favourite Japanese actor, but he hasn't been known outside Japan much, because this film is his first ever Hollywood movie appearance. His appearing in Hollywood scene was long overdue, but at last he has arrived!

Brittany Murphy is lovely, too, and through the process of learning how to make good ramen with her very tetchy Master (Nishida), she starts to see what is really important in her heart, and there is this wonderful moment of eye contact when these two stubborn guys who don't understand each other with language can exchange something in their hearts.

I'm glad that this kind of film that shows an ordinary life of a working class Japanese man has been introduced in this way, because as far as I know Japan has a lot more than just gadgets, bullet trains, karaoke, ninja or samurai. Hope you'll enjoy it!
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