Covid movie marathon part... 12? That was delightful. I started tearing up at the end when Tampopo finally mastered the art of ramen and re-opens her shop. It would have been a perfect film even without all the other vignettes woven in, but they made it even funnier and more fun to watch! I had so much FUN watching this movie. And yes, now I want to eat ramen, obviously. Better yet, learn to cook it.
When the distributors that be decide there's a cultural shortage they may dig up something from the past and rebrand it as a lost treasure. "Tampopo" has got a lot of high end promotion over the past several years as a more accessible version of the offbeat Japanese cinema that Seijun Suzuki popularized. It's not a bad movie, just way over-hyped. Decent intro to live action for American fans of Studio Ghibli.
Didn't know cinema could be that sweet, tender, amusing, comforting, funny, beautiful, poetic, romantic and, of course, tasty. It just left me with that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Rarely a film has made me feel better about life. And now, i'm so fucking hungry for a good bowl of ramen soup.
Tampopo is one of the great film-work that consist of lots of values on the narrative execution. A satirical-comedy using 'food' to deliver the values about humanity, hard-work, human sexual desire, greediness, prosperity, all basic people lust because the basic human need is to be satisfied. I can write a long essay and thesis about this whole movie, but right now I just craving a bowl of ramen.