Tampopo (1985)

The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 23, 1985
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

A biting satire of Japanese culture and its uneasy incorporation of Western influences.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Tampopo is, among many other things, the first "spaghetti eastern" and one of its particular charms is that it celebrates as much as satirizes. No movie gourmet with exotic tastes should miss it.

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Michael Sragow
Film Comment Magazine

Tampopo creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Japanese films have commented before on the intrinsic connection between food and sex, but not with the erotic gusto of Juzo Itami's Tampopo and rarely with the comic lustiness of this broad-scale satire.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It's a funny story beautifully told.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Food, glorious food -- its life-giving, sensual, aromatic and filling properties are celebrated in the wacky Tampopo. This Japanese film is without precedent, no matter what country you are talking about.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Itami's humor and invention is such that we never have a chance to feel deprived. His stylistic palette and sense of fun are so wide-ranging that he can oscillate between brightness and darkness to articulate one gag.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The movie makes you laugh, gets you hungry, stirs things up.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

As long as the movie sticks to the story of the noodle shop, however, it's delightful and funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
A timeless feast for the senses, saw it twice in college with friends. We ate ramen before watching it, but still left in the middle of the movie to go get… More
Robert Brogan
Tampopo is a light-hearted feel-good comedy with a heavy focus on making a winning bowl of ramen and setting up a great shop. There were quite a few bits I… More
JY Skacto
Juzo Itami creates one piece of work in <i>Tampopo</i>, a film that centers around ramen. This movie will make you hungry for noodles. I… More
Daniel Dolgin
Tampopo is a Japanese comedy about the art of noodles. It has plenty of funny scenes, especially the silent noodle scene. That brought some good laughs. But the… More
Lanning : )
<b><i>Dandelion</i> </b><p> You cannot watch this movie and not want to eat noodles. I couldn't wait until after it was… More
Simeon Deutsch
A two hour comedy about a widow and a trucker trying to make the perfect noodle. I'm still asking myself how this managed to be so entertaining. It's… More