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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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tampopo: A Ramen Western 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

Included in "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Old gentleman: Tampopo! Congratulations!
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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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A classic of world cinema
15 November 2006 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

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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