Tampopo

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1985
  • Running time: 115 min
The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by... read more
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The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges—our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

Original Release

11/23/1985

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Cast

Tsutomu Yamazaki Gorô
Nobuko Miyamoto Tampopo
Ken Watanabe Gan
Koji Yakusho Man in White Suit
Rikiya Yasuoka Pisuken
Mario Abe Ramen stand owner
Sen Hara Old Woman in Supermarket
Isao Hashizume Uetâ
Hisashi Igawa Running Man
Kensô Katô Young Employee
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Juzo Itami

Writers

Juzo Itami

Cast

Tsutomu Yamazaki Gorô
Nobuko Miyamoto Tampopo
Ken Watanabe Gan
Koji Yakusho Man in White Suit
Rikiya Yasuoka Pisuken
Mario Abe Ramen stand owner
Sen Hara Old Woman in Supermarket
Isao Hashizume Uetâ
Hisashi Igawa Running Man
Kensô Katô Young Employee
Yoshi Kato Noodle-Making Master
Yoshihiro Katô Man in White Suit's Henchman
Fukumi Kuroda Man in White Suit's Mistress
Nobuo Nakamura Old Gentleman
Mariko Okada Supageti Sensei
Yoshihei Saga Company executives
Setsuko Shinoi Old Man's Mistress
Hitoshi Takagi Chinatown (Old Man)
Chôei Takahashi Company executives
Ei Takami Tall and Slender Homeless

Producers

Editors

Akira Suzuki

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