I know I’m a little late on this one, since The Ramen Girl came out in 2008. Since I got introduced to ramen last year, I found this movie intriguing. The premise is an American girl (Brittany Murphy) who goes to Tokyo to live with her boyfriend. She gets a boring, meaningless job as a copy editor. Her boyfriend never asked her to come to Tokyo with him, so he leaves her. She’s lost and confused, questioning her life. Through this quarterlife crisis, she visits a ramen shop across from her boyfriend’s apartment and begins an unusual relationship with the ramen chef that launches her on a path of self discovery.
Although it was a bit cliché with the American-learning-discipline-from-the-Asian-sensei theme, I really enjoyed this movie. It is a feel-good Hollywood movie. Got me thinking I should go around the corner to Totto Ramen and start my new career. You think the ramen chef there would be OK with teaching me ramen? I settled upon just eating a bowl of ramen, but I can’t wait on line at Totto Ramen in the freezing cold. So Seamless and Hanami Sushi to the rescue.