Brittany Murphy has cultural clashes and goofy misunderstandings with the Japanese while under the tough-love tutelage of an asshole-with-a-heart-of-gold ramen master in her quest to become The Ramen Girl. Yup. I think it's safe to say that if you've seen Tampopo and Lost in Translation, you can pretty much make a mashup of this movie in your head and save the cost of admission. The trailer and the synopsis, after the jump—if you're curious.
Trailer Video: Brittany Murphy in 'The Ramen Girl'
Abruptly abandoned by her boyfriend, a young American woman (Murphy) finds herself suddenly alone and adrift in Tokyo. Lost in the shuffle of a foreign culture, and seeking to console herself, Abby winds up hanging out in her neighborhood ramen shop. After observing the magical effects of the shop's ramen on the customers, Abby convinces herself that her true path in life is to become a ramen chef. Abby persuades the shop's tyrannical, temperamental Japanese master chef to teach her the art of making ramen. And although their relationship is contentious and rocky, they both discover the most important ingredient of all - that each ramen bowl must contain a universe of feeling and truly be a gift from the heart.
This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; your purchases via these links can benefit Serious Eats. Read more about our affiliate linking policy.