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Tampopo (1985)

Nobuo Nakamura , Tsutomu Yamazaki , Jz Itami  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nobuo Nakamura, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Kji Yakusho
  • Directors: Jz Itami
  • Producers: Tampopo ( Dandelion ), Tampopo, Dandelion
  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 115.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TY2SNG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Australia released, NTSC/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect fast-food noodle restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food to an old lady terrorizing a shopkeeper by compulsive squeezing of his wares. ...Tampopo ( Dandelion )

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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love food and Alton Brown... August 13, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
...you will love this movie for it explores (with hysterical results) why food becomes such an important touchstone in life.

Truck driver Goro and Gun are in search of some good eats and run into a widow who is trying to run a ramen shop. Unfortunately, she's not doing too well so Goro and some unlikely guides offer her some sage advice and help her on her way to becoming a true ramenista. The story is punctuated with some vignettes about the "social aspects" of eating and our behavior with food.

THIS EDITION NOTES: This is a "no-frills" deal with the bear minimum of subtitle options and the movie's original trailer. Although Amazon is listing the zone playability as "unknown" the jacket lists it as ALL ZONES. It played on our ancient Zenith DVD player which can only handle zone 1 DVDs and nothing else. Picture is good, but sound quality is poor. However, its definitely worth the price to see this wonderful movie once again!
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Bunch at the noodle shop. Slurp! October 6, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
There are any number of very funny scenes in this lightly plotted and highly episodic romantic comedy from acclaimed Japanese director Juzo Itami. You may recall him as the guy who got in trouble with the Yakuza, the Japanese "mafia," because they didn't like the way he made fun of them in Minbo no onna (1992). You may also know that he committed suicide at the age of 64 in 1997 after being accused of adultery. He is the son of samurai film maker Mansaku Itami. I mention this since one of the things satirized here are samurai films.

But--and perhaps this is the secret of Itami's success both in Japan and elsewhere--the satire is done with a light, almost loving touch. Even though he also takes dead aim at spaghetti westerns and the Japanese love affair with food, especially their predilection for fast food noodle soup, at no time is there any rancor or ugliness in his treatment.

If you've seen any Itami film you will be familiar with his star, his widow, Nobuko Miyamoto, she of the very expressive face, who is perhaps best known for her role as the spirited tax collector in Itami's The Taxing Woman (1987) and The Taxing Woman Returns (1988). She has appeared in all of his films. Here she is Tampopo ("Dandelion"), a not entirely successful proprietor of a noodle restaurant. Along comes not Jones but Tsutmu Yamazaki as Goro, a kind of true grit, but big-hearted Japanese urban cowboy. He ambles up to the noodle bar and before long establishes himself as a kind of John Wayne hero intent on teaching Tampopo how the good stuff is made. Along the way Itami makes fun of stuffy bureaucrats, macho Japanese males, heroic death scenes, Japanese princesses attempting to acquire a European eating style, movie fight scenes, and God knows what else.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Japanese culture through humorous eyes October 26, 2000
By Anaguma
Format:DVD
I've owned the VHS version of this movie for several years and recently purchased the DVD (October 2000). I immediately noticed the improved clarity of the picture and heard sounds that I hadn't heard before on the VHS video. I enjoyed it even more - the picture was crisp and the soundtrack clear. This letterbox edition allows the subtitles to be turned off and contains a list of all the productions that Itami, Yamazaki, and Miyamoto were involved. I held off buying it due to the bad ratings some gave the quality of this DVD, but the version I got was great! If you've spent time in Japan, the zany humor really comes through, such as the group of businessmen in the New Otani Hotel French restaurant all ordering the same thing until the least senior of the group is reached. Even if you haven't lived there, it's an original film with an original approach to cinematography. As one of my favorite films from Japan, I give it 5 stars both on the movie and the DVD.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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This is on my top ten list of the funniest, most delightful movies of all time. The main plot line is a loving satire of the "adult" western of the fifties - "Shane" in particular - where the hero drifts into town, helps the poor widow get her life together and beat the bad guys, then drifts out again. Tampopo, the heroine, must make the best noodle soup in town to overcome the villainous other noodle houses.

But what makes this movie extraordinary are the vignettes, both within the plot-line and outside it, that mingle food, sex, cultural hangups, life and death in hilarious and sometimes very touching combinations.

The movie succeeds not only because of its marvellous material and fine actors but also through excellent direction and cinematography. For example, the scene toward the end where Tampopo & Goro are eating companionably in a restaurant: notice the camera movement from the food to the people; the positions of the actors conveying clearly the ambiguity of the relationship and their attitudes to each other; how at times Goro actually has his back to the camera; the cut to the symbolic passing train, nicely understated; the whole scene is an example of effective simplicity in movie-making.

This movie is ultimately unclassifiable; it is itself, funny, sad (sometimes both at once), shocking, absorbing; but above all funny. I have never seen another film quite like it, and it stays in the memory like the best of Fellini.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Transfer
This is a fantastic movie, ruined by a grainy, washed out transfer. The technical problems totally destroy the experience of the film. Such a shame. Read more
Published 10 days ago by J. Thadeus Toad
5.0 out of 5 stars classic modern Japanese
It's funny, it's clever and it's a bit surrealistic, and very Japanese. So if you like modern Japanese cinema, this is a great choice of a movie
Published 1 month ago by beginner player
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong video sent
Would not know since I did not receive Tampopo, but a completely different movie that I returned. Was not pleased with the process of trying to return the item.
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Sill
5.0 out of 5 stars Eat ramen.
This is the ultimate ramen movie. Makes you hungry and want to eat ramen. The omelet scene is also really good.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel S. Choi
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
This is an awesome movie in many ways. It is funny, educational, sexy and bizarre. The director is a true master, and the actors give their all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tater
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made!!!
This is the epic search for the perfect bowl of noodles with shades of 'Shane,' and half a dozen other westerns. The 'Man who studied noodles for 40 years' is priceless! Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Hintz
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy a used copy....
I had to buy this film three times to get one with subtitles. All the new ones seem to be missing the subtitles. I figured one that had been a rental would work and it did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dyhana
5.0 out of 5 stars i can't imagine anyone not liking this movie. you must have snacks...
What I wrote above pretty much says it all. you will be hungry when you watch. this movie. get snack ready ahead of time.
Published 3 months ago by bryan fish
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this.
I'm giving this one star because I can't give it any less. Great movie, terrible DVD. Fuzzy sound, faded color. The blurry picture makes the subtitles hard to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by little white gloves
5.0 out of 5 stars Tampopo -- a great film
A great classic film. The first (and only?) ramen western. Thumbnail sketch: Japanese truck driver with a cowboy hat aids an overwhelmed middle-aged widowed noodle shop owner. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Larson
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