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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Gorô
... Tampopo
... Man in White Suit
... Gan
... 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
... 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
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,410, 23 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$224,097, 10 February 2017
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Trivia

The gangster dressed all in white seems comedic, but many young Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) do dress in flashy clothes. Older Yakuza bosses prefer dark, conservative suits. See more »

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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 ...
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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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Itami's style fits nicely
29 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

The way each scene in Tampopo seems to lead into the next really jarred me when I first started to watch it. Movies with multiple plot lines will often create glaring differences between the scenes, but Itami did the opposite. Ending the bicycle workout scene (with Goro and Tampopo) with the business party walking into the restaurant where the "How to eat Italian food" lesson took place, which, upon conclusion found the camera following a waiter BACK to the business party all occurred seamlessly and left a grin on my face no one else in the room understood. In fact, the pace of the film is very conducive to the second and third viewings. Well, that's my excuse for why none of my friends found it quite as entertaining.


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