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1,451 Ratings


Directed by Jûzô Itami
Japan, 1985


In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect fast-food noodle restaurant.

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Tampopo Directed by Jûzô Itami
Itami uses the basic building blocks of the Western—namely the tough outsider trying to protect a fragile outpost of civilization—as the foundation for an episodic, borderline experimental comedy that considers various kinds of pleasure (communal, artistic, gastronomical, sexual) and arrives at the conclusion that all are worthwhile and worth pursuing.
May 29, 2018
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Against a contemporary culinary culture that seems to simultaneously privilege voguish trends and the swift backlash to those same trends, Tampopo is a welcome reminder that even the most sacrosanct of cultural traditions shouldn’t be taken so insufferably seriously. Chef David Chang should take notes.
December 09, 2016
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With its stylized irises and playfully exaggerated performances, Tampopostrikes the perfect balance between slapstick homage and tender throwback. Itami sees possibility in every corner of the frame, affectionately foraging for new faces and food to illuminate. There’s a spiritual quality to its Zen view of artistry, and something biblical about its epic downpours.
November 16, 2016
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