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Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writer:

Jûzô Itami (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Gorô
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Tampopo
Kôji Yakusho ... Gangster in the White Suit
Ken Watanabe ... Gun
Rikiya Yasuoka ... Pisuken
Kinzô Sakura Kinzô Sakura ... Shôhei
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Master of ramen making
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Rich Old Man
Fukumi Kuroda Fukumi Kuroda ... Gangster's Mistress
Setsuko Shinoi Setsuko Shinoi ... Rich old man's mistress
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Girl Oyster-fisher
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Supermarket manager
Chôei Takahashi Chôei Takahashi ... Company executives
Akio Tanaka Akio Tanaka ... Company executives
Yoshihei Saga Yoshihei Saga ... Company executives
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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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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tampopo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,410, 23 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$224,097, 10 February 2017
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The noodle cook in the train station is quite realistic. Japanese train stations are filled with small noodle-shops, diners, and lunch-stands, especially since many trains do not offer food for sale on board. See more »

Quotes

Old gentleman: Tampopo! Congratulations!
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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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Yummy
21 March 2007 | by drfraud-1See all my reviews

Tampopo is an extremely clever and a very original movie. Like so many other Japanese films before it, Tampopo may not entirely appeal to the western public, but it is by far the most accessible movie I've seen in years.

It is hard to define this film as anything but a story of life through culinary perspective. Major aspects of our every day experience are looked at by introducing food into them, sometimes resulting in a very comical effect. From the first scene, to the last few moments, you will probably be amazed by sheer originality of this movie. Simply coming up with ideas they came up with takes a unique and incredibly approach. Something that has never been done before.

In a sense, I can only compare Tampopo's approach at making us 'taste' what we see with a 2006 film Perfume which managed to describe olfactory experiences with as much success. But unlike Perfume, Tampopo also juggles around few other interesting movie genres just for the fun of it. If you watch carefully, you will begin to see western elements, gangster movie and even a police crime, all in one movie. They might not seem connected at first, but they will make sense in due time.

Overall however the side stories are only there to keep us interested in the main event.

If you thought that tasting things in cinema is impossible, wait till you see Tampopo.

10/10 for great cast, humour, story and acting.


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