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"Tampopo" is a celebration of the role of food in Japanese culture. Acclaimed director Juzo Imati's ("The Funeral," "A Taxing Woman") hit satire was dubbed the first "noodle western" or "ramen western" for its delightful parody of American Spaghetti Westerns and Japanese Samurai films. "Tampopo" follows a young widow (Nobuko Miyamoto) who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo, and Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki), a cowboy hat-wearing truck driver, as they attempt to devise the perfect bowl of top ramen. Don't miss the young Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," "Inception") appearing in an early role as Goro's sidekick, Gun.
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The other supplements will give you an idea of why real ramen is a national obsession. I've been to Japan many, many times (10) and trying out the different shops is always a priority of any trip. Thousands, and there is even a ramen museum that re-creates post war Tokyo backstreets with different shops from all over Japan. You will never view those crappy, cheap instant noodles as ramen ever again.
Thank you Criterion. Now if you could just transfer all of Itami-san's other films.....
Nakamura, I love you. Make more.
Some of the humor might be lost on western- cultured audiences as there are sly references to Japanese rites and cultural rituals. A good example is a scene where a gourmet -loving group of homeless folk talk about and rate different vintages of bordeaux wines - a western- cultured snobbishness being chided good-naturedly. Then, as the old 'master' of the group is leaving, the homeless encampment stands up as one and sings to the master. Turns out, the song is traditionally sung by high school seniors at graduations in Japan, as a thank-you to the teachers... I only know this, as my husband chuckled and nodded knowingly at the moment (he matriculated in Japan...)
I have to say that the movie didn't seem dated at all, and the r-rated food/nudity scenes seem as shocking/gross/ funny as they were the first time I saw them.... A great date night movie- make up a bunch of pasta ( be sure to save an egg or two for later...) and enjoy, with a very good bordeaux....
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