Tampopo ()

Tanpopo (original title)
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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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Gangster in the White Suit
Kinzô Sakura ...
Master of ramen making
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Rich Old Man
Fukumi Kuroda ...
Gangster's Mistress
Setsuko Shinoi ...
Rich old man's mistress
Girl Oyster-fisher
Supermarket manager
Chôei Takahashi ...
Company executives
Akio Tanaka ...
Company executives
Yoshihei Saga ...
Company executives
Toshimune Kato ...
Office junior
Mario Abe ...
Ramen stand owner
Hitoshi Takagi ...
Ramen shop owner in Chinatown
Mampei Ikeuchi ...
Tabo, Tampopo's Son (uncredited)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Izumi Hara ...
Old lady who pinches everything
Narutoshi Hayashi ...
Con man being conned
Man who runs to see dying wife
Kensô Katô ...
Young Employee
Yoshihiro Katô ...
Gangster in white suit's henchman
Intended victim of con man
Teacher of etiquette
Ei Takami ...
Tall and Slender Homeless
Ryûtarô Ôtomo ...
Master of ramen eating
Gilyak Amagasaki ...
Long-faced beggar (uncredited)
Tadao Futami ...
Old man next door to ramen shop (uncredited)
Akira Kubo ...
Rude owner of competing ramen shop (uncredited)
Akiko Matsumoto ...
Woman eating snacks before movie (uncredited)
Dying wife (uncredited)
Kunihiko Murai ...
Man eating snacks before movie (uncredited)
Saburô Satoki ...
Owner of efficient ramen shop (uncredited)
Noboru Satô ...
Beggar (uncredited)
Kôji Sekiyama ...
Designer (uncredited)

Directed by

Jûzô Itami

Written by

Jûzô Itami ... (written by)

Produced by

Seigo Hosogoe ... producer
Jûzô Itami ... producer
Yasushi Tamaoki ... producer

Music by

Kunihiko Murai

Cinematography by

Masaki Tamura

Film Editing by

Akira Suzuki

Editorial Department

Shizuo Arakawa ... negative cutter
Kanichi Yoneyama ... assistant editor

Casting By

Shigeru Sakurada
Kôsaburô Sasaoka ... (as Kosaburo Sasaoka)

Production Design by

Takeo Kimura

Art Direction by

Takeo Kimura

Set Decoration by

Toshiharu Ochi

Costume Design by

Emiko Kogô

Makeup Department

Midori Konuma ... key makeup artist

Production Management

Shinji Iwashita ... production supervisor
Takashi Kawasaki ... executive in charge of production
Tadahiko Osada ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Nobuhiro Kubota ... second assistant director
Kazuki Shirayama ... assistant director
Kenji Suzuki ... third assistant director

Art Department

Hiroshi Maruyama ... assistant production designer
Kuranosuke Omata ... props
Yoshiyasu Teo ... props

Sound Department

Shikou Anzai ... synchronizer
Fumio Hashimoto ... sound recording
Daisuke Hayashi ... sound recording assistants
Makoto Katsuragi ... sound recording assistants
Kyôji Kôno ... re-recording mixer
Minoru Mukoya ... synchronizer
Masatoshi Saitô ... sound effects editor
Nobuhiro Shibayama ... sound recording assistants


Masatsugu Takase ... fight choreographer

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Kumiko Imai ... stylist assistant
Kunio Nakayama ... wardrobe

Music Department

Hiroshi Koizumi ... conductor
Gustav Mahler ... with selections from
Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra ... performed by

Script and Continuity Department

Akiko Horikita ... continuity

Additional Crew

Shintarô Ajioka ... title designer
Izumi Ishimori ... food designer
Yasuo Ochiai ... visual effects
Seiko Ogawa ... working stylist
Shigeko Ohara ... dialect supervisor (as Jôko Ôhara)
Masaji Pakasa ... design
Kenichi Samura ... graphic designer
Sadao Shôji ... production staff
Kanichi Uetake ... action choreographer
Mugai Yamada ... signs
Mimi Yamazaki ... publicity producer
Kenji Zuga ... makeup


Sydney Levine ... acknowledgment

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines The first Japanese noodle western! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Tampopo (Japan)
  • タンポポ (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Tampopo (Canada, English title)
  • Dandelion (World-wide, English title)
  • Tampopo (United States)
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  • 114 min
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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 in the White Suit examines the oyster the girl has given him, it's obvious that the two shell halves are open almost an inch. This means the oyster has died and the shell is empty. Yet when the girl opens the shell, there's a plump oyster inside. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Big Easy/The Fourth Protocol/No Way Out/Tampopo (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Les Préludes, S. 97 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 »
Quotes 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 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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