Tampopo

タンポポ
Japan 1985. Dir: Juzo Itami. 115 min. DCP

“A film gourmand’s lusty dream ... Perhaps the funniest movie about the connection between food and sex ever made.”
HAL HINSON, WASHINGTON POST

NEW RESTORATION | Food, sex, and movie madness are the main ingredients of Juzo Itami’s oh-so-tasty Tampopo, a major art-house hit in the 1980s now newly restored and available for the first time in decades. When Clint Eastwood-like trucker Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and his young sidekick Gun (Ken Watanabe) land in the struggling roadside ramen joint of widow Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto), it sets off a madcap (and surprisingly sensual) quest for the perfect bowl of Japanese noodles. Itami’s rambunctious “Ramen Western,” a freewheeling surrealist satire in the Buñuelian manner, is full-to-bursting with movie parodies, erotic exploits, and noodle-slurping ecstasy, and more or less introduced ramen to North America. For which we say: Domo arigato! “In a new restoration, more vivid and seductive than ever ... Tampopo creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy” (Michael Sragow, Film Comment).


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REVIEWS

“No foodie film is as deliriously, obscenely pleasurable ... A kind of food reverence that borders on porn.”

New York Magazine | full review

“A weird, mouth-watering masterpiece ... It’s delicious and you’ll slurp up every bite.”

Slate | full review