The Ramen Girl

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 5th, 2009

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. michael vasquez
    07/06/2009 @ 7:26 pm

    Dear Gino:

    I represent the Editor of Ramen Girl, Rick Shaine. Unfortunately, the version of the film you saw – along with anyone else who rents/buys the DVD – is not the version Rick turned in. The production company, without Rick or the director’s consent, recut the film, removing approximately 40 minutes of footage. Surely, you can imagine Rick’s dismay upon learning his artistic integrity had been compromised, resulting in unfavorable reviews.
    If there is any way you could print a retraction or at least an explanation of the behind-the-scenes revision of the film, it would be greatly appreciated.
    And, for the record, any rumored discord b/t Rick and Mr. Norton could not be further from the truth.
    Michael Vasquez

  2. Gino Sassani
    07/06/2009 @ 10:50 pm

    Hey Michael,
    Thanks for offering us the behind the scenes information.
    For the record, I have now invited Rick Shaine to participate in a podcast interview for us here at Upcomingdiscs so that he can give us his unedited point of view.
    Sure makes me wish I had seen the film as it was presented.
    Hopefully, we’ll get to hear Rick tell us what the film was intended to be.
    Stay Tuned, Folks.

  3. Anonymous
    07/07/2009 @ 3:20 pm

    Really? Wow. That is super, Gino.

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