• Movie: Tampopo
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 1985
  • Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 134 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 236

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Tampopo is a celebration of the role of food in Japanese culture. Acclaimed director Juzo Itami's (The Funeral. A Taxing Woman) hit satire was dubbed the first "noodle western" for its delightful pardoy of American Westerns and Japanese samurai films. Tampopo follows a young widow (Nobuko Miyamoto) who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and Goro (Tsutomu Yamazkai), a cowboy hat wearing truck driver, as a they attempt to devise the perfect bowl of top ramen. - From DVD

A truck driver stops at a small family run noodle shop and decides to help their fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignette scenes on the theme of "the love of food." - IMDb
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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 1985
  • Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 134 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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2 people found this review helpful
Feb 9, 2018
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
Eat, eat to grow!
In Japan, there are very definite rules about what constitutes flies and how it should be prepared. It is a deceptively simple dish, but nutritious, as many great Japanese films show it, in "Tampopo" is not different because
definitely uses food as a metaphor for life and love. However, few films are as willing to be as randomly goofy as the opera ramen of Itami, the main character in the story. Clearly,  there are things that happen only because Itami thought they were funny  what they were and still are, which makes the movie so special. It probably increases the madness to a high artistic form. It's hard to imagine a movie like that these days, a film about food, love and poetry.

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