The Ramen Girl

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&#39ll come back to her, but she&#39s 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&#39s uninterested, she&#39s insistent, so he shouts at her and gives her all the cleaning to do. Weeks go by; she&#39s persistent. Will he ever actually teach her to cook? And if he does, will she bring the requisite spirit to the job?