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Gangster in the White Suit
Master of ramen making
Rich Old Man
Rich old man's mistress
Ramen stand owner
Ramen shop owner in Chinatown
Tabo, Tampopo's Son (uncredited)
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
Old lady who pinches everything
Con man being conned
Man who runs to see dying wife
Gangster in white suit's henchman
Intended victim of con man
Teacher of etiquette
Tall and Slender Homeless
Master of ramen eating
Rude owner of competing ramen shop (uncredited)
Dying wife (uncredited)
Owner of efficient ramen shop (uncredited)
|Jûzô Itami||...||(written by)|
|Shizuo Arakawa||...||negative cutter|
|Kanichi Yoneyama||...||assistant editor|
|Kôsaburô Sasaoka||...||(as Kosaburo Sasaoka)|
|Midori Konuma||...||key makeup artist|
|Shinji Iwashita||...||production supervisor|
|Takashi Kawasaki||...||executive in charge of production|
|Tadahiko Osada||...||production supervisor|
|Nobuhiro Kubota||...||second assistant director|
|Kazuki Shirayama||...||assistant director|
|Kenji Suzuki||...||third assistant director|
|Hiroshi Maruyama||...||assistant production designer|
|Fumio Hashimoto||...||sound recording|
|Daisuke Hayashi||...||sound recording assistants|
|Makoto Katsuragi||...||sound recording assistants|
|Kyôji Kôno||...||re-recording mixer|
|Masatoshi Saitô||...||sound effects editor|
|Nobuhiro Shibayama||...||sound recording assistants|
|Masatsugu Takase||...||fight choreographer|
|Yukio Inoue||...||lighting technician|
|Hidemi Ito||...||assistant cinematographer|
|Emi Itô||...||assistant cinematographer|
|Norimichi Kasamatsu||...||assistant cinematographer|
|Hiromi Katô||...||lighting technician (as Hiromi Kato)|
|Shûichi Machida||...||lighting technician|
|Yûji Meguro||...||still photographer|
|Yokô Mimori||...||assistant cinematographer|
|Yôko Mitsumori||...||assistant cinematographer|
|Takashi Moro||...||assistant cinematographer|
|Yukinori Okamoto||...||lighting technician|
|Shinobu Saitô||...||lighting technician|
|Kenji Takeuchi||...||still photographer|
|Hirokazu Uetake||...||key grip|
|Kumiko Imai||...||stylist assistant|
|Gustav Mahler||...||with selections from|
|Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra||...||performed by|
|Shintarô Ajioka||...||title designer|
|Izumi Ishimori||...||food designer|
|Yasuo Ochiai||...||visual effects|
|Seiko Ogawa||...||working stylist|
|Shigeko Ohara||...||dialect supervisor (as Jôko Ôhara)|
|Kenichi Samura||...||graphic designer|
|Sadao Shôji||...||production staff|
|Kanichi Uetake||...||action choreographer|
|Mimi Yamazaki||...||publicity producer|
- Toho (1985) (Japan) (theatrical)
- New Yorker Films (1987) (United States) (theatrical) (subtitled)
- Electric Pictures (1988) (United Kingdom) (theatrical)
- Hungry Eye Pictures (1988) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
- Republic Pictures Home Video (1988) (United States) (VHS)
- DMV Distribuzione (1989) (Italy) (theatrical)
- Fox Lorber Home Video (1998) (United States) (DVD)
- Nihon Eiga Satellite Broadcasting (2007) (Japan) (tv)
- Alliance Releasing Corporation (1987) (Canada) (theatrical)
- Kinowelt Filmverleih (1989) (West Germany) (theatrical)
- Ronin Films (1987) (Australia) (theatrical)
- Alive Vertrieb und Marketing (2015) (Germany) (DVD) (and Blu-ray)
- Cineglobe (1989) (Canada) (VHS)
- Home Cinema Group (1989) (Australia) (video)
- Janus Films (2016) (United States) (subtitled)
- Lighthouse Home Entertainment (2012) (Germany) (DVD)
- Look Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS)
- Mr. Banker Films (2021) (Germany) (Blu-ray)
- Republic Pictures Home Video (United States) (video) (laserdisc)
- The Criterion Channel (2019) (United States) (tv) (digital)
- The Criterion Collection (2017) (United States) (DVD)
- The Criterion Collection (2017) (United States) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
- Toho Video (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
- Umbrella Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (video) (VOD)
- Umbrella Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
- Umbrella Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (tv)
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
|Taglines||The first Japanese noodle western! See more »|
|Parents Guide||View content advisory »|
|Also Known As||
|Trivia||The old name of Tampopo's restaurant, when she first meets Gorô and Gan, is Rai Rai Ken. Years later, when the first authentic râmen-ya opened in New York City, it took its name from this scene. See more »|
|Goofs||When the gangster tickles his mistress by placing the bowl of prawns in cognac on her bare stomach, the sound of her laughter doesn't match up with her mouth movement. See more »|
|Movie Connections||Featured in The Big Easy/The Fourth Protocol/No Way Out/Tampopo (1987). See more »|
|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 »|
Student of ramen eating:
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?
Old gentleman: No. Just touch it. Caress it with the chopstick tips. Gently pick it up and dip it into the soup on the right of the bowl. What's important here is to apologize to the pork by saying "see you soon." Finally, start eating-the noodles first. Oh, at this time, while slurping the noodles, look at the pork.
Student of ramen eating: Yes.
Old gentleman: Eye it affectionately.
Student of ramen eating: [voiceover] The old man bit some shinachiku root and chewed it awhile. Then he took some noodles. Still chewing noodles, he took some more shinachiku. Then he sipped some soup. Three times. He sat up, sighed, picked up one slice of pork-as if making a major decision in life-and lightly tapped it on the side of the bowl.
Student of ramen eating: What for?
Old gentleman: To drain it. That's all.
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