Itami Purodakushon. 伊丹プロダクション, Nyū Senchurī Purodyūsāzu

DVD - 2017

"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"--Container.

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Criterion collection ; 868.
Comedy films
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, New York] : The Criterion Collection [2017]
Two-DVD special edition
Item Description
Title from title frame.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985.
New 4K digital restoration.
Bonus features: The making of "Tampopo," a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juso Itami ; new interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto ; new interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Osaki ; food stylist Seiko Ogawa ; and American chefts Sam White Rayneil de Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and Anthony Bourdain ; Rubber band pistol, Itami's 1962 debut short film ; new video essay by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film's themes of self-improvement and mastery of a craft ; trailer.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (114 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Masaki Tamura ; editor, Akira Suzuki ; music, Kunihiko Murai.
Corporate Authors
Itami Purodakushon. 伊丹プロダクション (production company), Nyū Senchurī Purodyūsāzu
Other Authors
Jūzō Itami, 1933-1997, 伊丹十三, 1933-1997 (film director), Yasushi Tamaoki (film producer), Seigo Hosogoe (actor), Tsutomu Yamazaki, 1936-, Nobuko Miyamoto, 1945-, Kōji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, 1959-
  • disc 1.
  • [Feature film]
  • disc 2.
  • [Special features].
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Down-at-the-heels restaurant owner Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) pursues the perfect ramen, thanks to tutelage from a noodle soup-loving trucker (Tsutomu Yamazaki) who takes a shine to the pixie-coiffed single mother serving up the classic Japanese dish. The entrée amidst several side dish story lines—mainly a recurring one featuring a gangster's use of food as an aphrodisiac—earns Juzi Itami's (A Taxing Woman) delectable comedy a place at the table of memorable culinary flicks (Babette's Feast; Big Night; Chocolat; et al.) worth feasting on. [Trailers, LJ 3/1/17] Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 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."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a western-clad stranger passing through town finds the widow Tampopo's restaurant food intolerable, he stays just long enough to teach her to prepare the perfect noodle.