DVD: The Ramen Girl (15)

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This American-Japanese Brittany Murphy vehicle will almost certainly be of little interest to anyone apart from those either obsessed by Japanese cuisine.

Murphy is in the East Asian isles with her boyfriend; he scrams; she ends up become a ramen chef. She is taught how to cook in the local style; but she needs to rattle through things like local blessings to be able to tout her wares. Mixed-race romance ensues: one cloying scene involves her crying into her cooking; the resulting food causes the customers to blub, too. It's no Lost In Translation – but might make a stocking-filler for lobotomised additions to your address book.