By Christopher Null
Talk about a spaghetti western! Tampopo is Juzo Itami's tongue-in-cheek version of an old-fashioned western, with hopeful (and amateur) restaurateur Tsutomu Yamazaki looking to create the perfect bowl of ramen for her customers. She finds help from a drifter in a cowboy hat, and her story is interrupted by bizarre -- and seemingly irrelevant -- subplots, like an old man who gorges on noodles and then chokes on a piece of meat; he is rescured via vacuum cleaner. Dizzyingly hilarious, Tampopo is the ultimate slurp-'em-up; probably the greatest (and least seen) comedy to ever come out of Japan.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Tuesday 1st September 1987
Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Cast & Crew
Starring: Tsutomu Yamazaki as Goro, Nobuko Miyamoto as Tampopo, Ken Watanabe as Gun, Kōji Yakusho as Man in White Suit, Rikiya Yasuoka as Pisuken, Mario Abe as Resutoran no shachô, Sen Hara as Old woman, pressing Camembert cheese, Isao Hashizume as Waiter, Hisashi Igawa as Running man, Toshimune Kato as Young Employee, Kensô Katô as Hira, Yoshi Kato as Noodle-making master, Fukumi Kuroda as Man in White Suit's Mistress, Nobuo Nakamura as Old gentleman, Mariko Okada as Supageti sensei, Yoshihei Saga as Sararîman, Kinzoh Sakura as Shohei, Setsuko Shinoi as Old Man's Mistress, Hitoshi Takagi as Restaurant Owner, Chôei Takahashi as Sararîman, Ei Takami as Homeless, Akio Tanaka as Sararîman, Masahiko Tsugawa as Sûpâ no shachô, Hideji Ôtaki as Rich Old Man, Ryûtarô Ôtomo as Râmen no sensei, Yoriko Dôguchi as Pearl Diver (uncredited), Narutoshi Hayashi as (uncredited)