More a compilation of shorts with the overarching theme of food than a movie, but fun nonetheless. This is a comical play on the spaghetti western, a ramen western if you will. The dramatic, physical acting accompanied by hilariously cheesy sound effects sincerely had me cracking up. I recommend this film to anyone who needs some weirdness in their life or wants to see some great shots of appetizing Japanese cuisine.
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.
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.
1. You need a master to teach you how to be affectionate toward a bowl of ramen. 2. Fight me, plebs! But let me finish my food first. 3. You may want to squeeze some lemon and salt to your lover's body or dip it in sour cream during pre-coital act. Anything but that raw-egg-yolk-kiss, thank you. 4. A walk along the shore may lead you to some fine oysters, and a pedophilic love encounter. Ah fuck the character limit.
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.
A funny and heartwarming comedy that puts a unique spin on a familiar genre. Juzo Itami's ramen western features some clever writing, unpredictably freeform storytelling, outrageous food-centered erotica, and delicately observed characters. It will make you happy and hungry in about equal measure.