Finally saw The Ramen Girl, the 2007 movie some described as "Lost in Translation meets Tampopo" -- yeah, Tsutomu Yamazaki makes a cameo appearance. I found it unexpectedly charming, definitely less offensive than LIT. Though, there were some fake moments -- some of the music was more Chinese than Japanese, and a typical salaryman who decorates his apartment with traditional dolls and a bright red kimono?
Toshiyuki Nishida doesn't disappoint, and Kimiko Yo remains one of my favorite Japanese character actresses. But really, it is stunning to think that Brittany Murphy passed just a few weeks ago..