One week from this Saturday, I'm going to cancel any plans and clear my schedule. Why, you might ask? Because that's the release date of The Ramen Girl, a new movie starring Brittany Murphy.
The independent movie, produced by media8, follows a young American woman (Murphy) who moves to Tokyo for her boyfriend. Upon getting dumped, she decides her life's calling is to make noodles, and seeks the guidance of a stern but wise master ramen chef. To see the trailer, read more.
I thought this was a joke — some sort of spoof — before coming to the realization that it's simply the most random movie ever to be made. Brittany Murphy? In a movie about ramen? Her lines couldn't be more cliché: "I want to cook ramen. I want to make people happy the way you do . . . There's something about the Japanese and making the perfect bowl of soup. It's kind of beautiful." It also looks to be the campiest, least convincing movie of all time. Yet somehow, if only for the food porn aspect, I'm unabashedly excited to see this movie.
One thing's for sure: I'm not going to watch this movie without having a bowl of ramen afterward. Check out the trailer below. Will you be watching The Ramen Girl?