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Film Review: Tampopo (1985) by Juzo Itami

Film Review: Tampopo (1985) by Juzo Itami

Many films have become the quintessential viewing schedule for cinephiles planning to take their first steps into Asian filmmaking. And while naturally names such as Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa come to mind, Juzo Itami’s “Tampopo” is also one of those titles frequently mentioned within those lists. Considered a “ramen western” by reviewers as well as the director himself, “Tampopo” is not only a celebration of Japanese cuisine, but also of the pleasures within our lives, the various ingredients that make our time on earth as enjoyable as the various ramen dishes served in the film.

Tampopo” is screening at New York Asian Film Festival – Winter Showcase 2020

After he has heard his young colleague Gun (Ken Watanabe) telling him a story about how to correctly enjoy ramen, truck driver Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and him end up at a run-down ramen shop. The owner, a woman named Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto), tries to make ends meet,

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