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Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | | Comedy | September 1987 (USA)
A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

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Gorô
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Tampopo
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Man in White Suit
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Gan
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Pisuken
Kinzô Sakura ...
Shôhei
Yoshi Katô ...
Noodle-Making Master
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Rich Old Man
Fukumi Kuroda ...
Man in White Suit's Mistress
Setsuko Shinoi ...
Old Man's Mistress
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Oyster Diver
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Supermarket Manager
Yoshihiro Katô ...
Man in White Suit's Henchman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Abe ...
Resutoran no shachô
Sen Hara ...
Old Woman in Supermarket
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Storyline

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 noodle soup 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 woman who terrorizes a shopkeeper by compulsively squeezing his wares. Written by Reid Gagle

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The first Japanese noodle western!

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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September 1987 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$16,410 (USA) (23 October 2016)

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$224,097 (USA) (10 February 2017)
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1.37 : 1
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The exhausted woman who is married to the running man is suffering from "karoshi", which means "worked to death". Many people suffer from overwork in Japan, and many more die from this condition. See more »

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Student of ramen eating: [voiceover] One fine day... I went out with an old man. He's studied noodles for 40 years. He was showing me the right way to eat them.
Student of ramen eating: Master... soup first or noodles first?
Old gentleman: First, observe the whole bowl.
Student of ramen eating: Yes, sir.
Old gentleman: Appreciate its gestalt. Savor the aromas. Jewels of fat glittering on the surface. Shinachiku roots shining. Seaweed slowly sinking. Spring onions floating. Concentrate on the three pork slices. They play the key role, but stay modestly hidden. First caress the surface with the ...
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The entire closing credit sequence is a shot a woman breastfeeding her child; the camera slowly zooms in on the baby's mouth sucking his mother's breast. See more »

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Spoofs Shane (1953) See more »

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Something for Everyone
23 September 2004 | by (End of the World, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is not, I repeat, is not intended for the typical movie goer. It is not to be forgotten a day after having been seen. It should be watched repeatedly, gone over with a solid spoon for thorough digesting. Not everyone who sees it will love it at first. But anyone who gives it a willing and open mind will find a deep respect within drawing them further into the movie. Should the simple viewer happen upon this movie, it is necessary to understand that it is not an American movie and only slightly emulates one, therefore it must be expected that certain aspects of the film will escape one at first. There will be certain chapters of the film which appeal more than others, but it is crucial to make an effort to be considerate of the fact that Juzo Itami was not necessarily making Tampopo up to be an international success. What is truly mindblowing is that this movie is nearly twenty years old! I am completely in awe each time I see this movie, and it never fails to make me stop and watch as Goro is instructing Tampopo on why the customer must, MUST, be observed upon entering the shop while Gun complains that the pork slices are too thin. Slap, slap, don't you want to see how the customer reacts? Isn't it strange? How do we relate in this tale? Pick it up, become an addict, never see another movie the same way ever again.


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