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Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | | Comedy | September 1987 (USA)
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 ...
Gorô
Nobuko Miyamoto ...
Tampopo
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Man in White Suit
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Gun
Rikiya Yasuoka ...
Pisuken
Kinzô Sakura ...
Shôhei
Yoshi Katô ...
Noodle-Making Master
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Rich Old Man
Fukumi Kuroda ...
Man in White Suit's Mistress
Setsuko Shinoi ...
Old Man's Mistress
Yoriko Dôguchi ...
Pearl Diver (Oyster girl)
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Supermarket Manager
Yoshihiro Katô ...
Man in White Suit's Henchman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Abe ...
Restaurant's Boss
Sen Hara ...
Old Woman in Supermarket
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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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September 1987 (USA)  »

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Tampopo: A Ramen Western  »

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$16,410 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$224,097 (USA) (10 February 2017)
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1.37 : 1
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Goro means "bull" in Japanese. See more »

Quotes

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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The entire closing credit sequence is a shot a woman breastfeeding her child; the camera slowly zooms in on the baby's mouth sucking his mother's breast. See more »

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Many unforgettable scenes
25 January 2002 | by (Bad Aibling, Germany) – See all my reviews

When I saw it again after many years, I discovered how many impressive, unique, unparalleled scenes are included in TAMPOPO - I remembered my astonishment when first watching them. I was astonished how surprising these scenes were, how unexpected, how strange and weird and fascinating. Try it yourself! It's unbelievable, this free flow of thoughts and odd ideas. It opens your mind. It teaches to respect your food. It makes you love Japan.

PS: listen carefully to "The Old Master". He appears very soon.


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