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featuringMichael Sragow, Film Comment
Gleefully sensual and inventive . . . Tampopo creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy.
Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe,
After the “spaghetti western,” could the “ramen western” be far behind? That’s how director Juzo Itami describes Tampopo, an oddball comedy “about people in a situation where sex and eating are not yet clearly separated.” What little plot there is has to do with two truck drivers who teach Tampopo, the mousy proprietress of a rundown noodle shop, how to make and serve the best noodles. This wildly original work has more than enough belly laughs [but] with mouthwatering dishes served up in every third scene, it is definitely a film you should not see on an empty stomach.