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Tampopo (1985)

 -  Comedy  -  September 1987 (USA)
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A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Goro
Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Tampopo
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Gun
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Man in White Suit
Rikiya Yasuoka ...
Pisuken
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Abe ...
Resutoran no shachô
Sen Hara ...
Old woman, pressing Camembert cheese
Isao Hashizume ...
Waiter
Hisashi Igawa ...
Running man
Toshimune Kato ...
Young Employee
Kensô Katô ...
Hira
Yoshi Katô ...
Noodle-making master
Yoshihiro Katô
Fukumi Kuroda ...
Man in White Suit's Mistress
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Old gentleman
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Storyline

In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro, who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food, to an old woman who terrorizes a shopkeeper by compulsively squeezing his wares. Written by Reid Gagle

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The first Japanese noodle western!

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The exhausted woman who is married to the running man is suffering from "karoshi", which means, "worked to death". Many people suffer from overwork in Japan, and many more die from it. See more »

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Man in White Suit: I'll kill you if you make that noise once the movie starts! Understand? And... I also don't like watch alarms going off.
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Beautiful Film, A Classic
25 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on TV around 1990 and loved it. Its one of those films that you put on your mental list of films to see again. My girlfriend managed to buy an Japanese import subtitled version for Xmas and we sat down to watch. Tampopo is a film that starts interesting and slowly draws you in until you realise you sat for an hour and a half mesmerised. Its one of those films that when the lights go up you're not sure what you just watched but somehow it all made sense and you know it was very special. This is a film for life. I won't watch it every week but everyone I loaned it to came back with the same comments as myself. There are moments of sheer beauty that make your eyes fill up with joy. Several times I had to hold back a sniff, Damn I wanna cook noodles now. If Tampopo doesn't capture your heart then maybe you miss the point of film making as an art.


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