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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Consensus: Thanks to director Juzo Itami's offbeat humor and sharp satirical edge, Tampopo is a funny, sexy, affectionate celebration of food and its broad influence on Japanese culture.

John Semley
Globe and Mail

It unfolds as a series of madcap, effortlessly charming comic vignettes, centred around food and food culture in mid-'80s Japan.

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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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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

With its foundation in familiar genres like the Western and the Hollywood sports movie, its rhythms will be recognizable to even the most subtitle-averse members of an audience. Tampopo is a movie with little to no cultural barrier.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

There are many love stories folded into this film's enjoyably meandering two hours, but "Tampopo" is above all about the romance of food, and the joyous, agonizing devotion and hard work required to tease out its manifold mysteries.

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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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It is tempting to draw an immediate analogy between the film and ramen... Tampopo is constructed in a similar fashion, with fatty chunks of story and a tangle of narrative noodles, all enlivened by bright spots of spice.

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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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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film doesn't always work as a whole ... but its individual moments often come close to touching the sublime.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% 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