The majority of this 2008 film starring the late Brittany Murphy was made in the studios but there was a short part filmed in the city of Yokohama which is actually Japan’s second largest city and just a short train ride south of Tokyo.
“There’s a ramen museum in Yokohama?! You’re kidding me!” are Abby’s (Brittany Murphy) words on 52 mins when her Japanese love interest Toshi asks her whether she’s been there. It’s full name is the Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum and it appears around the hour mark as we first see the exterior of the place (below left) and then we get the overview (below right) of the Showa 33 (1958?) re-production inside the place which claims to be the first food amusement park to be created anywhere in the world. The address is 2-14-21 Shinyokohama and has a 300 yen admission fee.
Abby and Toshi eat at Komurasaki (below left) ramen restaurant (which is where I have eaten every time I’ve visited the place) and soon exit that place where they cross the floor and duck into the Ryusyanhai (below right) ramen shop.
They’re then out on the harbour front (below) with the beautiful Yokohama skyline in the background as they kiss. The large ferris wheel of Cosmo World as well as the sail-shaped building can clearly be seen in the background as they walk along the area at Yamashita Park. Sadly I couldn’t get screenshots of the whole scene so had to settle for some grainy shots from the official trailer (and a behind-the-scenes shot from the web) which are edited together and merge very quickly into the next “highlight”.
The big ship seen above right is seen and Toshi even refers to it when he says he wanted to run away from his kid mates and sneak onto it and escape Japan.
You can read my review of ‘The Ramen Girl‘ here.