Billed as the "first Japanese noodle western," this comedy offers a satirical view of the relationship between food and sex, one of the director's favorite topics. Watch as a widow running a Tokyo restaurant and a cowboy hat-wearing truck driver try to make the perfect bowl of ramen. Highly acclaimed film from director Itami.
"Tampopo" is a collection of comedic episodes, movie parodies, and sight gags about the pleasures of food. The widow Tampopo wants to revitalize her noodle shop by learning to prepare the ultimate bowl of noodles. But her cooking falls short... until a kindly truck driver, himself a noodle connoisseur, comes to her rescue.
Screened at the Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films series for 1986. Additional cast: Fukumi Kuroda (Mistress of the man in white suit), Setsuko Shinoi (Rich old man's mistress), and Yoriko Doguchi (Girl catching oysters) Co-produced by Itami Productions, New Century Producers. "Tampopo" is Japanese for "dandelion."
"...Buoyantly free in form....[Itami] never stops trying. A funny sensibility is at work... " - 03/26/1987 New York Times, p.C21
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987" - 12/27/1987 New York Times, p.II, 23
"...A thoroughly offbeat but most enjoyable comedy on the subject of food....It confirms Itami as a genuinely original comic talent..." - 09/03/1986 Variety
"...What's delightfully unsettling about TAMPOPO is its lubricious mix of the sensual and the satiric..." - 06/24/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...An elusive search for the perfect noodle..." - 11/28/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.106
"Itamis art-house hit offers the kind of sensory experience that demands a viewers complete surrender -- to its sumptuous culinary imagery, to the subliminal aromas that seem to come wafting off the screen, and to a soundtrack alive with the sounds of food being prepared, cooked and devoured." - 10/27/2016 Los Angeles Times