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It is tempting to draw an immediate analogy between the film and ramen... Tampopo is constructed in a similar fashion, with fatty chunks of story and a tangle of narrative noodles, all enlivened by bright spots of spice.
Moving from the erotic, the absurd, and the tragic, Itami's representations of food give us access to the most intimate areas of people's lives, reminding us of the unique place that food occupies in our humanity.
Brightly colored, boldly played, serves up inspired gags at the most unexpected moments alongside course after course of exquisite culinary joy. And even more toothsomely, food and ----ing are intricately aligned.
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.
Food, glorious food -- its life-giving, sensual, aromatic and filling properties are celebrated in the wacky Tampopo. This Japanese film is without precedent, no matter what country you are talking about.
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.