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Director: Juzo Itami Cast: Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki

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The sophomore directorial effort from ill-fated Japanese filmmaker Juzo Itami, Tampopo is an off-beat comedy featuring several intersecting stories all related to food. Tsutomu Yamazaki plays Goro, a truck driver who helps a young widow named Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) improve her noodle restaurant. Over the course of the film, the story drifts around, not only following the stories of Tampopo, her son, and Goro, but also a number of customers who come through the diner, including an old woman (Izumi Hara) who insists on squeezing the cheese at a market and a criminal (Ken Watanabe) with a food-based kink. Tampopo was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1988 Independent Spirit Awards.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
UPC: 0715515195911
Original Release: 1985
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 222

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; The Making of "Tampopo," a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by Director Juzo Itami; New interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto; New interview with food stylist Seiko Ogawa; New interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Oosaki and chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jakisch, and Ivan Orkin; Rubber Band Pistol, Itami's 1962 debut short film; New video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film's themes of self-emprovement and mastery of a craft; Trailer; New English Subtitle Translation; Plus: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore

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Tampopo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!