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Juzo Itami's famed "noodle western" Tampopo comes to DVD from Fox Lorber Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring a Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, optional English subtitles are also available. Extra features include filmographies.
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Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Koji Yakusho, Rikiya Yasuoka November 24, 1998 DVD Very good in very good packaging. Language: Japanese. Run time: 114 mins. ... Originally released: 1987. out of print, minor wear to disc and case. Perfect playback guaranteed, Immediate ship. Thanks for looking! ! ! Read more Show Less

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Juzo Itami's famed "noodle western" Tampopo comes to DVD from Fox Lorber Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring a Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, optional English subtitles are also available. Extra features include filmographies.
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Special Features

Scene access; Language: Japanese; Subtitles: English; Filmographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
A gleeful thumb in the eye of Japan's money-mad 1980s culture, Juzo Itami's masterpiece subverts all that is right and proper with food and sex. Dubbed the first "noodle western," the film concerns a craggy-faced Shane-like stranger (he drives a semi instead of a horse) who aids a young widow named Tampopo as she struggles to make the best bowl of ramen noodles in town. On one level, the film works as an odd metaphor for Japan's newfound affluence, built on avid borrowings from other cultures. Each of the figures who gathers around to help Tampopo has a distinct national signifier: the belligerent, often drunk Piskin (not a common Japanese name) evokes Russia, the itinerant Noodle Master who sports a beret and speaks wistfully about French cuisine indicates France, and, of course, the cowboy hat-sporting Goro recalls the United States. Yet the film's loose structure, organized around seemingly unrelated vignettes, gives it a wider cultural resonance. From the scene in which the Man in the White Suit and his moll perform an unnatural act with raw egg to the corporate neophyte who upstages his boss with his expert knowledge of gourmet cuisine to the old woman who molests fruit in a grocery store, everyone in Tampopo is obsessed with food and uses it to stage their own quiet, often perverse protests against Japan's rigid hierarchical society. Like films from the French New Wave, Tampopo is a dizzying, kaleidoscopic inside joke. Itami includes references from the aforementioned Shane (1953) to Breathless (1960) to the later works of Luis Buñuel and Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice (1971) (complete with a soundtrack drawn from Gustav Mahler's First and Third Symphonies). Tampopo is a wildly inventive, fantastically entertaining movie by a film master at the peak of his powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • UPC: 720917504520
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Watanabe Gun
Nobuko Miyamoto Tampopo
Tsutomu Yamazaki Goro
Koji Yakusho Man in White Suit
Rikiya Yasuoka Pisken
Kinzo Sakura
Akira Kubo Restaurant Owner
Shuji Otake Rich Old Man
Choei Takahashi Company's Staff
Masahiko Tsugawa Supermarket's Manager
Technical Credits
Juzo Itami Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Seigo Hosogoe Producer
Takeo Kimura Art Director
Kunihiko Murai Score Composer
Akira Suzuki Editor
Yasushi Tamaoki Producer
Masaki Tamura Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. Incident at the Cinema [:19]
2. Eating Your Noodles [3:13]
3. Defending the Lady [4:11]
4. Her Name is Tampopo [4:32]
5. Reading Your Customer [2:26]
6. The Request [1:54]
7. Tampopo Trains [:37]
8. The Suits Order Dinner [2:10]
9. Spagetiquette [4:34]
10. Playing With Your Food [3:19]
11. The Search Begins [1:48]
12. The Bad Dream [6:50]
13. The Noodle Monster [4:31]
14. The Secret Omelette [3:19]
15. Egg In Your Face [4:23]
16. The Oyster Girl [1:30]
17. The Toothache [2:18]
18. The Rules Of Soup [3:24]
19. The Choking Victim [1:40]
20. The Search Continues [7:26]
21. The Fight [2:43]
22. Tampopo Gets A Makeover [5:39]
23. The Date [3:07]
24. The Food Fetishist [5:51]
25. The Thief [2:36]
26. The Last Supper [4:22]
27. The Perfect Noodles [8:12]
28. The Gangster's A Goner [3:35]
29. The New Tampopo [3:42]
30. The Credits [7:02]
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Play Feature
   Menu Group #1 with 31 chapter(s) covering 01:54:36
Film Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Tampopo is a tasty Japanese concoction, with enough spice, humour and eccentricity to make me suspect anyone who doesn't enjoy it of terminal loss of higher brain function. Ostensibly the story of a woman trying to found a noodle shop and a man in search of the perfect bowl of noodles, it is a movie which defies easy classification. It is a movie about food, and love, and love of food, and sex and food, and the search for nirvana and food, and gangsters, and the search for the perfect ramen. It has been described as a 'noodle western' - the main character, a loner, riding his semi-trailer into town like Clint Eastwood on his horse, but Tampopo plays with many other movie themes as well. It casts a broad camera, with a heady mix of food and Japanese culture serving as a focus to each of the strands running through the movie, like - well, like the noodles in a perfect bowl of ramen. Now buy the movie and tuck in!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This One Is Worth Owning

    This off-beat comedy is one of the finest films--foreign or domestic--I have ever seen. A widow wants to set up a noodle diner to provide support for her children. She is eventually aided by a small group of unlikely but likeable characters, including a long-haul trucker. The story line basically follows the widow's rise from terrible cook to master chicken noodle soup chef, with several sub-plots. That it is subtitled can be bothersome at times. It would be terrific to re-release this film on DVD with a choice of original Japanese or English dubbed versions. I watched it originally in Japanese, and, even though I speak virtually no Japanese, I found it amusing and intriguing. The next time I saw it was with English subtitles, which helped me to understand the intricacies of the story, but didn't increase my enjoyment of the movie that much. The cinematography is unusual, a film-maker's approach to Elizabethan-style staging, more like a ballet than a movie. The story is magical, without anything supernatural in it.

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