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Jûzô Itami

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About the Movie

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 47
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Tampopo is buoyantly free in form. It's as much an essay as it is a narrative -- always ready to digress into random gags and comic anecdotes. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Mar 13, 2015

Fresh: A thoroughly offbeat but most enjoyable comedy on the subject of food. – Variety Staff, Variety, Mar 13, 2015

Fresh: 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. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Oct 27, 2016

Fresh: 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. – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, Mar 13, 2015

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Customer Reviews

A real classic and great comedy!

I'm so glad to have this now! I saw it years ago and I'll always love this film and the journey that the characters travel together on.


This movie is a hidden gem

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1985

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