The Ramen Girl (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Ramen Girl (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 2,836 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 23 October 2008 (Russia)
  • Runtime: 102 min | Germany:122 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  • Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
  • Stars: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida and Tammy Blanchard
  • Original Music By: Carlo Siliotto   
  • Soundtrack: Tropicando (Remix)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Chef | Japanese | Master | Stranded | Ramen

Writing Credits By:

  • Becca Topol (screenplay)

Known Trivia

    Plot: 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. Full summary » |  »

    Story: 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?Written by <>  

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    Produced By:

    • Robert Allan Ackerman known as producer
    • Randy Dannenberg known as co-producer
    • Michael Eliasberg known as executive producer
    • Philip Hall known as co-producer
    • Stewart Hall known as producer
    • Kimio Kataoka known as producer
    • Cleve Landsberg known as executive producer
    • Brittany Murphy known as producer
    • Yôko Narahashi known as producer (as Yoko Narahashi)
    • Masafumi Odawara known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Brittany Murphy known as Abby
    • Toshiyuki Nishida known as Maezumi
    • Sohee Park known as Toshi Iwamoto
    • Kimiko Yo known as Reiko
    • Daniel Evans known as Charlie
    • Renji Ishibashi known as Udagawa
    • Gabriel Mann known as Ethan
    • Tammy Blanchard known as Gretchan
    • Daigo Tanji known as Taxi Driver
    • Thane Camus known as Wilson
    • Hako Ueno known as Hanako
    • Masayuki Maekawa known as Vendor
    • Yûya Ogawa known as College Student (as Yuya Ogawa)
    • Tomoyuki Kuramoto known as College Student
    • Yuta known as Young Man at the Shrine
    • NaNa known as Young Woman at the Shrine
    • Shinji Suzuki known as Goth Boy at the Shrine
    • Kosei Asami known as Young Boy
    • Ken Toyama known as Suzuki
    • Jûdai Ikeshita known as Depressed Businessman
    • Sachiko Matsuura known as Secretary
    • Tomiko Ishii known as Megumi
    • Rei Okamoto known as Midori
    • Nichita Tanabe known as Harumi's Colleague (as Nitta Tanabe)
    • Ken Maeda known as Harumi
    • Takaki Uda known as Akira
    • Takahiro Hirano known as Kuma
    • Takanobu Kaneko known as Udagawa's Son
    • Yutaka Oda known as Kendo Master
    • Sonha Chô known as Ueno
    • Man Kato known as Manager
    • Kazuya Takahashi known as Male Singer
    • Takako Ogasawara known as Elf #1
    • Mai Ishikawa known as Elf #2
    • Kaori Momoi known as Mamasan (scenes deleted)
    • Akiko Monô known as Mio
    • Masayoshi Haneda known as Yuki (as Masayoshi Hanada)
    • Masayoshi Nogami known as Merchant 1
    • Hideki Kurauchi known as Merchant 2
    • Shû Nakajima known as Merchant 3 (as Shu Nakajima)
    • Ruru Furuya known as Twin Babies – Emiko (as Ruru, Mimi Furuya)
    • Mimi Furuya known as Twin Babies – Aiko (as Ruru, Mimi Furuya)
    • Naoki Saitô known as Kenichi (scenes deleted) (as Naoki Saito)
    • Hisako Ohkata known as Maezumi's Mother
    • Tsutomu Yamazaki known as Grand Master
    • Haruki Kobayashi known as Jin
    • Tiffany Martin known as NY Young Female Cook
    • Sonya Inge known as NY Waitress
    • Justin Berti known as NY Waiter
    • Jorge Diaz Rodriguez known as Latino Customer
    • Dona Granata known as Female Customer
    • Maria Abe known as Asami
    • Qyoko Kudo known as Mother in Metro (as Ben)
    • Brittney Murphy known as Abby
    • Michael Naishtut known as N.Y. customer
    • Edward L. Papazian known as N.Y. customer
    • Daisuke Takahashi known as Tom
    • Hajime Inoue known as Tak (uncredited)
    • Shôichirô Masumoto known as (uncredited)
    • Kazumi Nakamura known as (voice) (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Maya Hardinge known as personal makeup artist
    • Robert Ramos known as hair stylist: Brittany Murphy


    Production Companies:

    • Media 8 Entertainment (presents)
    • Digital Site Corporation (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • Bueryn Insurance Services  insurance services
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Monkeyland Audio  post-production sound services
    • Monkeyland Audio  sound re-recording
    • Sud Ovest Records  music production
    • Toei Labo Tech  post-production facilities
    • United Performers' Studio  extras casting


    • Warner Bros. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Warner Home Video (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
    • European Film Partners (EFP) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Megabox (2008) (South Korea) (theatrical)
    • Shaw Organisation (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Concorde Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Image Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Luxor Entertainment (2008) (Russia) (all media)
    • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
    • VVS Films (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • VVS Films (2009) (Canada) (all media)

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    Special Effects:

    • NTT Media Lab (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Masato Aonuma known as cg artist: NTT Media Lab
    • Kôji Misada known as digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
    • Hiroki Mori known as lead digital compositor: NTT Media Lab
    • Dai Sato known as cg artist: NTT Media Lab
    • Takeshi Shin known as visual effects supervisor: NTT Media Lab
    • Yuki Sugimoto known as matchmove artist: NTT Media Lab (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
    • Italy May 2008 (Milano Film Festival)
    • Russia 23 October 2008
    • Japan 17 January 2009 (Tokyo)
    • Netherlands 29 January 2009
    • Singapore 7 May 2009
    • USA 26 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • UK 10 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Brazil 15 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 4 September 2010 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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