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Tampopo Reviews

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½ February 23, 2018
I loved it! Japanese humor at its best. It did remind me of Monty Python's Flying Circus at times with all the jumping to random things, and that was odd at times. But the food experience was impressive, made me hungry, and also eager to experience Japan and the many different foods they showed. I love Ramen, but to have it in Japan would be ideal! Great movie!

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November 18, 2017
The first thing I noticed was how stylized this movie is. It almost reminds me a little of Tarantino. This movie is very funny at times. It caught me by surprise how funny it was. The movie almost plays out as a funny anime show with the characters being very colorful and flamboyant. They even use playful audio effects like in anime.

Weird sexual food fetishes, learning how to make perfect noodles, how to eat spaghetti properly. This movie about food has it all for food lovers.

Very interesting story and really nice to see other characters stories interweave with the main one. I've never really seen a movie quite like this with all it's randomness. But it was very charming and funny.

Overall, this has to be one of the best movies about food.
October 1, 2017
A series of apparently unrelated and often surreal side dishes complement a charming and lighthearted main course. This film is a zesty and satisfying examination of food and it's role in life and society. Strange and unusual ingredients combine for a surprisingly rich experience. Not to be missed!
September 16, 2017
Great film! Glad the employee at Barnes and Noble recommended it to me during the last Criterion sale.
July 23, 2017
By a wide margin, one of my favorite movies. Charming, smart and occasionally surreal. Hrecommended!
March 24, 2017
a truly delicious spectacle, original, beweirding, endearing, sexy and hilarious. quite the masterpiece.
½ January 21, 2017
"Everybody has their own ladder". Climbing that ladder to make the best ramen in Japan. Feel-good movie. Warmly recommend it :)
½ December 21, 2016
great noodles are hard to come by
December 5, 2016
5 Stars. This just shot to the top of my favorite foodie films. Incredible.
November 26, 2016
A crazy commentary on food and sex, with a surprisingly tangential feminist main story.
November 16, 2016
Lovely humorous 80s noodle-western.
½ November 3, 2016
A rich and delectable "food western" from Juzo Itami that steadily supplies laughter and sumptuous imagery. Itami approaches his narrative with a sense for experimentation that might give Jean-Luc Godard whiplash, but the film's seemingly tangential trajectories never feel gratuitous. There are just so many great scenarios present here (Best. Food. Sex. Ever!), and it's hard to think of another movie that uses iris dissolves to such great comedic effect as Tampopo. It is a dish best described as such: it's very Asian cuisine, with enough western spicing to really give it its own unique flavor.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
½ October 8, 2015
Tampopo is a light-hearted feel-good comedy with a heavy focus on making a winning bowl of ramen and setting up a great shop. There were quite a few bits I found to be random which were probably cultural references but if you are amused by randomness then you'll find they flow in with the rest of the general wackiness. While I don't rate it quite on the level of Cantonese comedies such as the God of Cookery, Tampopo is still a fun view.
July 24, 2015
Man I really need to eat some ramen rn
½ June 3, 2015
Ramen noodle soup for the soul
May 9, 2015
a work of genius. A spaghetti eastern which manages to be funny, profound and reflective all at the same time.
October 19, 2014
This passable comedy, punctuated with vignettes of food-centered skits, is about the titular heroine learning to make the best noodles from an unlikely posse of food critics, a truck driver, a gangster, a vagabond and a chauffeur.
October 9, 2014
A quirky, comic, inventive anthology film about food, most especially noodles. Love it.
½ September 20, 2014
While offering deliciously quirky humor and eclectic side stories as side dish, Tampopo apparently still stucks with old age Japanese sexism. Although subtly presented, Tampopo ends up as a one-dimensional woman who can't survive by herself. Her son also ends up as a stereotypical Japanese victim of bully.
July 23, 2014
Awesome Awesome Awesome! A great representation of our world, our community, and our soul.

Like a bowl of Ramen, this film teaches is that we can not be whole, without our parts.
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