The main plot could be a reality show, but this film is vastly more creative, stylish, and funnier than any reality television. As the central story may be fully sweet and without added stakes for complication, but its kindheartedness and jovial humor makes you glutton for its optimism. The supporting vignettes don't even drag down the pace, yet add social relevance, and make it more varied in emotions.
4K restoration. Itami's 'Tampopo' has lost none of its power to entertain, hunger and titillate in the thirty years since its release. Watching on the big screen with an audience was a delight even if one is famished before its completion. Along with 'Babbete's Feast' this is the film that created the foodie subgenre. Nobuko Miyamoto (Taxing Woman, Minbo) was simply a revelation here that one just has to fall for.
the scheme is comfortably layered optimist opinion on the linkage of food to desire and humanity with a staggered pattern of subplots that contribute the more critical and entertaining respect to the film. but as the character stretch went on and on, the bounds went out and out.
A film about love. Love of food. Love of romance. Love of cinema. Love of pleasure and taste sensations. Few films have the ability to make your mouth water, belly laugh, and move you to tears. Unconventional, zany, and at times unbelievaly ridiculous, Tampopo will leave a smile on your face and leaving asking for more. A Japanese gem and a perfect cinematic representation of the best bowl of ramen you've ever had.
One of the great non-narratives in the history of film. Simply connected through the human necessity to ingest, the stories are both ridiculous, and bizarrely relatable: the housewife who cooks One Last Meal, the Western spaghetti eater (not spaghetti western, although there's some of that too) and the Woman in the Grocery are standouts. Best viewed with a bowl of good ramen.
The finest sketch comedy ever filmed, woven as psychedelically as SLACKER, with formal inventions to rival ANNIE HALL, and social satire as impish and angry as Luis Buñuel at his most French. I would kill to see this for the first time again, but then again, I'm lucky to have it in my mind already to cherish.