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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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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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When the junior executive orders something different from his bosses, his immediate superior kicks him. This is meant to put him in his place. In the Japanese corporate hierarchy, the lower echelon workers are supposed to follow their leader's direction at all times. 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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A classic of world cinema
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This remains one of the better comedies of all time due to star performances, a superb script, and many, many surprises. Above all, the pacing is some of the best seen in any comedy.

Tampopo has all the qualities of good story telling: a hero, a disciple, a quest.

And when your hero is a trucker, the disciple a woman in need of help, and the quest to cook the best noodles then you know you're in for fun.

In between all this are vignettes on how food and life mingle. It is more than simple laughs there are moments of poignancy, and genuine flights of imagination.

Many directors could do well to watch the ease with which the camera is handled here: the plot flows beautifully and the switches to the small vignettes are handled with suitable aplomb.

All in all a three course meal.


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