The Criterion Collection Presents Tampopo

Director: Juzo Itami, starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto. Japan 1985. 114 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.

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 (A Taxing Woman) 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.

General admission screenings

Wed 17th May
18.30



Back to top