At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... See full summary »
Her childhood was hardly ideal as she was abandoned and grew up without parental love. She finds a home and a profession as a geisha who is particularly popular because she has that lucky ... See full summary »
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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
The pearl diver carries no air tanks, which is true to life. Traditional Japanese pearl divers use only their lungs, but have phenomenal breath control. Some can stay underwater for up to seven minutes. See more »
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 »
Simply the best film about food I've ever seen; peppered with homages and nods to great westerns, this lovely comedy is just a pure joy to watch. Just don't watch it on an empty stomach - you'll be craving noodles within minutes. A timeless Asian classic. 8 stars out of 10.
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