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|Koji Yakusho||Man in White Suit|
|Akira Kubo||Restaurant Owner|
|Shuji Otake||Rich Old Man|
|Choei Takahashi||Company's Staff|
|Masahiko Tsugawa||Supermarket's Manager|
|Juzo Itami||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|Takeo Kimura||Art Director|
|Kunihiko Murai||Score Composer|
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2014
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