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Tampopo

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“No foodie film is as deliriously, obscenely pleasurable … it has a kind of food reverence that borders on porn.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Juzo Itami’s hilarious, rapturous and mouthwatering “Ramen Western” returns to US screens for the first time in decades, in a brand-new digital restoration. Goro (Tsutomo Yamazaki), a tough noodle-loving cowboy-truck driver, stops on his way to Tokyo at a ramen restaurant run by Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto, A Taxing Woman), a sweet young widow whose heart is in the right place but whose noodles are lacking. When Goro criticizes the cuisine, a brawl breaks out. Awakening on the floor of the restaurant, Goro is beseeched by Tampopo to help her save her failing business, and he chivalrously agrees. Together they set out on a quest to create the perfect noodle, aided by an odd assortment of characters who impart their noodle know-how along the way, including a white-suited gangster (Koji Yakusho, The Eel), who celebrates food and sex in odd erotic encounters with his girlfriend (helpfully instructing audiences on how to enhance bedroom delights with a raw egg), and an old man who describes all the steps needed to enjoy perfect ramen (which include thanking the noodles). Writer/director Juzo Itami’s (A Taxing Woman, The Funeral), ‘80s arthouse hit Tampopo is a sweet, sexy and surreal delight that remains one of the most delectable food films ever made.  But consider yourself warned: Don’t see this on an empty stomach!  (Dir. by Juzo Itami, 1985, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles, 114 mins., Not Rated)