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The first Japanese noodle western!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A classic of world cinema See more (83 total) »


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Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Gorô

Nobuko Miyamoto ... Tampopo

Kôji Yakusho ... Man in White Suit

Ken Watanabe ... Gan

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 ... Oyster Diver
Masahiko Tsugawa ... Supermarket Manager
Yoshihiro Katô ... Man in White Suit's Henchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Abe ... Resutoran no shachô
Sen Hara ... Old Woman in Supermarket
Isao Hashizume ... Uetâ
Narutoshi Hayashi ... Accompaning Man

Hisashi Igawa ... Running Man
Kensô Katô ... Young Employee
Nobuo Nakamura ... Old Gentleman
Mariko Okada ... Supageti Sensei
Yoshihei Saga ... Sararîman
Hitoshi Takagi ... Chinatown (Old Man)
Chôei Takahashi ... Sararîman
Ei Takami ... Tall and Slender Homeless
Akio Tanaka ... Sararîman
Ryûtarô Ôtomo ... Ramen Master
Kôji Sekiyama ... Designer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jûzô Itami 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jûzô Itami 

Produced by
Seigo Hosogoe .... producer
Jûzô Itami .... producer
Yasushi Tamaoki .... producer
Original Music by
Kunihiko Murai 
Cinematography by
Masaki Tamura 
Film Editing by
Akira Suzuki 
Casting by
Shigeru Sakurada 
Kosaburo Sasaoka 
Art Direction by
Takeo Kimura 
Set Decoration by
Toshiharu Ochi 
Costume Design by
Emiko Kogô 
Makeup Department
Midori Konuma .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Shinji Iwashita .... production supervisor
Takashi Kawasaki .... executive in charge of production
Tadahiko Osada .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nobuhiro Kubota .... second assistant director
Kazuki Shirayama .... assistant director
Kenji Suzuki .... third assistant director
Art Department
Hiroshi Maruyama .... assistant art director
Kuranosuke Omata .... props
Yoshiyasu Teo .... props
Sound Department
Fumio Hashimoto .... sound recordist
Daisuke Hayashi .... sound recordist
Makoto Katsuragi .... sound recordist
Kyôji Kôno .... re-recording mixer
Masatoshi Saitô .... sound effects editor
Nobuhiro Shibayama .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Yasuo Ochiai .... photo effects
Masatsugu Takase .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Yukio Inoue .... gaffer
Emi Itô .... camera operator
Norimichi Kasamatsu .... camera operator
Hiromi Kato .... lighting technician
Shûichi Machida .... lighting technician
Yûji Meguro .... still photographer
Yôko Mitsumori .... camera operator
Takashi Moro .... camera operator
Yukinori Okamoto .... lighting technician
Shinobu Saitô .... lighting technician
Kenji Takeuchi .... still photographer
Hirokazu Uetake .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kumiko Imai .... stylist assistant
Editorial Department
Shizuo Arakawa .... negative cutter
Kanichi Yoneyama .... assistant editor
Music Department
Hiroshi Koizumi .... conductor
Fumitaka Yasunishi .... synthesizer
Other crew
Shintarô Ajioka .... title designer
Akiko Horikita .... continuity
Izumi Ishimori .... food designer
Seiko Ogawa .... culinary stylist
Shigeko Ohara .... dialect supervisor (as Jôko Ôhara)
Kenichi Samura .... graphic designer
Sadao Shôji .... production staff
Mugai Yamada .... signs
Mimi Yamazaki .... publicity producer

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Also Known As:
"Dandelion" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"Tampopo: A Ramen Western" - USA (reissue title)
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114 min
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Student of ramen eating:[voiceover] One fine day... I went out with an old man. He's studied noodles for 40 years. He was showing me the right way to eat them.
Student of ramen eating:Master... soup first or noodles first?
Old gentleman:First, observe the whole bowl.
Student of ramen eating:Yes, sir.
Old gentleman:Appreciate its gestalt. Savor the aromas. Jewels of fat glittering on the surface. Shinachiku roots shining. Seaweed slowly sinking. Spring onions floating. Concentrate on the three pork slices. They play the key role, but stay modestly hidden. First caress the surface with the chopstick tips.
Student of ramen eating:What for?
Old gentleman:To express affection.
Student of ramen eating:I see.
Old gentleman:Then poke the pork.
Student of ramen eating:Eat the pork first?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A classic of world cinema, 15 November 2006
Author: intelearts from the big screen

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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