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Tampopo [DVD] [1986] [US Import]

Ken Watanabe , Tsutomu Yamazaki , Jz Itami    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kji Yakusho, Rikiya Yasuoka
  • Directors: Jz Itami
  • Writers: Jz Itami
  • Producers: Jz Itami, Seigo Hosogoe, Yasushi Tamaoki
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305154880
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,432 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to eat 11 May 2004
Format:DVD
Directed by Juzo Iami this is a tremendously enjoyable, touching and stylish film exploring, amongst other things, the relationship between eating and sex (the scene involving a gangster, his moll and a raw egg has to be seen to be believed!).
At the heart of it all is a young widow named Tampopo (played by Nobuko Miyamoto) who is struggling to make ends meet by running a noodle restaurant. Ambling into the story to help her comes Goro, a genial John Wayne kind of urban cowboy (well, actually a truck driver), and together they set out to find the perfect ramen recipe.
Along the way Itami inserts a series of comic vignettes, lightly poking fun at stuffy bureaucrats, macho Japanese males, spaghetti westerns and, especially, the Japanese love affair with food. Wonderful stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the original cut 12 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The version I got was not not the original cut so omitted the famous crayfish scence, amongst othes which did conbfuse half the narrative. Dissapointing
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food, glorious food and much, much more... 28 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
This is one of my favourite films of all time and never fails to pick me up when I'm feeling down. It has everything - a central story to warm your heart, namely, downtrodden noodlemaker and her bullied son meeting "Cowboy" Trucker Goro and his friend and begin the quest for the perfect bowl of noodles, interspersed with food reated stories that will make you laugh a lot and cry a little. Yes there is the celebrated and very sexy egg yolk scene - and very good it is too but the film is more than that.
Right down to the perfect closing credits the relationship between food and people is never forgotten. I never get tired of seeing this film, I love it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Noodles, fighting, love, cowboys, trucking, tramps...
Basically the story of a bunch of misfit characters trying to beat the competition by perfecting the art of fast food noodles. At one level it's definitely a foodie movie, but there's something else here as well. At one point our heroes meet a bunch of down and outs musing over their own noodles and our guys are told "these people live life deeply". This somehow describes the je ne sais quoi of this movie for me.
Very funny, strangely moving and affecting. Really worth watching.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Tampopo has been compared to everything from a Shane-like Japanese western (loner comes riding into town and winds up helping, against the odds, a young widow with a little boy) to an episodic Tati-like film that uses gentle humor to show what a lot of us are like. In a way, it has the same sensibility as My Uncle...there's not a mean-spirited action or person in the movie, and we wind up liking the people we meet in the film. Like My Uncle, it doesn't have a Hollywood ending, but a conclusion which is both satisfying and poignant. Tampopo, however, is its own movie, not a derivation, and a fine movie it is, too.

Goro (Tsutomu Yamaguchi) is a long-haul truck driver. With him is his young co-driver, Gun (Ken Watanabe). It's dark. It's raining and they're hungry so they pull over and stop at a small noodle shop. Inside are some rough characters, led by a drunk guy who is giving loud advice to the cook and owner. She, Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto), is behind the counter hustling steaming bowls of noodle soup. It's not long before Goro intervenes after telling Gun to go back to the truck. The next morning he's bruised, aching and wakes up in the noodle shop. And when Tampopo begs him and Gun over breakfast to honestly tell her what he thought of her soup, he does. It wasn't good, he says. Tampopo is determined to do better and begs Goro to stay and teach her. For the rest of the movie we're on a kind of surreal, metaphysical journey to learn how to make a masterful bowl of noodle soup. Along the way, we're going to encounter stories that have nothing to do with Tampopo and Goro, some stories that have a glancing relationship to them, and some that are very much part of their story...and the stories all are humorously odd, a bit off-center, and funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I ordered 14 Nov 2013
By Quake
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I ordered the version of Tampopo pictured, at a cost of 37. I was sent a cheaper version (available at less than 7) which I had to return. There was no apology and I suspect that the 37 version is not actually available and this is a scam, in that they hope you won't notice that you have received a much cheaper version.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eggs-tremely good film 5 Jan 2005
By L Being
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this film by flicking through the t.v channels in Canada and quickly stopped channel surfing. It is an excellent film with love, lust, laughter, food and fighting, it has everything you could possibly want in a film. I searched all over the place trying to get a copy of it and finally did through Amazon, I have made all my nearest and dearest watch it and it has always been well received, the egg yolk scene being a particular favourite. An excellent watch to while away a winters night too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, distinctive and funny 7 Aug 2007
By ds VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Tampopo is a rare thing indeed: a film with a brain, a heart - and a stomach!

Milk truck driver Goro and his friend Gun stumble across a sleepy noodle bar, Lai Lai, while out working one evening. Lai Lai's proprietor is the widowed Tampopo, for whom times are currently very hard indeed. She is run into the ground and her son is being bullied. She's not helped by the fact that even though her pickles are to die for, frankly, her noodle soup is at best mediocre, as Goro tells her after an altercation with a drunken Pisken, one of her few remaining regulars. So, in the spirit of Shane, Goro decides (with the help of some unusual and varied friends) to help Tampopo make the perfect noodle soup so she can turn her business (and her life) around.

This is the main thread of the story, but woven through it are a succession of vignettes that show the role of food in Japanese society: some are funny; some touching and moving; some revel in the sensual pleasure that eating and food can offer. All are memorable.

Standout scenes include lunch in a French restaurant for a group of salarymen; a finishing school teacher trying to show a group of young women how to eat their spaghetti "Western style"; Tampopo's son sneaking into a restaurant with a tramp to have a (delicious looking) rice omelette skillfully cooked for him; a family sharing the last meal cooked by their dying mother. And on top of this is the infamous scene with the gangster, his moll and a raw egg yolk (and crayfish!).

Each vignette is insightful in some way about the role of food in Japanese life. The role of women in all of this is also touched upon; each time something positive or good happens, somewhere a woman is involved.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The English subtitles are good quality, grammar and spelling both fine
This title comes with English language subtitles, even though they're not listed on the back of the artwork, or in the Blu-ray discs subtitle menu. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jaldomet
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ramen
loved it!
Published 25 days ago by G. A. Coupland
5.0 out of 5 stars OOdles of Noodles
Thiis the classic film that started the trend of noodle bars in the west. A wonderful film that encapsulates Japanese humour and Japanese sensitivity.
Published 3 months ago by Sterling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
Not only is this a fun, funny, different kind of film...it will teach you all you need to know about making noodles. Great stuff!
Published 4 months ago by Christal Prigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanise film Tampopo
A top ten film, known it for some 20 years a definate for foodies and lots of fun this copy is excellent
Published 11 months ago by penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnist cookery show ever
I have loved this film for years and decided it was time to replace my lost VHS with a DVD and renew my acquaintance with it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous film, finally on DVD
Tampopo is in my top 10 films of all time, watched so many times the VHS tape wore out. It's sexy, funny, charming - for food lovers everywhere.
Published 19 months ago by Kate Lord Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars sex'n'noodles
The search for the perfect recipe for soup and noodles gives the framework around which the other stories gently lean. Read more
Published 19 months ago by brilliana
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever comedy, rare indeed!
This is probably the best comedy I've seen in my entire life. It's extremely intelligent and symbolic, and with tons of humor. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by AsianCharm
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with Ramen Girl, see the original
This is a quirky movie - in Japanese with subtitles - with sub plots running along in the story line. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by codad1946
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