Tampopo Tampopo


Juzo Itami

Tampopo (Criterion Blu-Ray)

25 Apr 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1985
  • 114 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #868

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. 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.


GoroTsutomu Yamazaki
TampopoNobuko Miyamoto
Man in the white suitKoji Yakusho
GunKen Watanabe
Pis-kenRikiya Yasuoka
ShoheiKinzo Sakura
Noodle-making masterYoshi Kato
Rich old manHideji Otaki
Man in the white suit’s mollFukumi Kuroda
Old man’s mistressSetsuko Shinoi
Pearl diver (oyster girl)Yoriko Doguchi
Supermarket managerMasahiko Tsugawa


DirectorJuzo Itami
Executive producersSeigo Hosogoe and Yasushi Tamaoki
Produced byJuzo Itami
Written byJuzo Itami
Director of photographyMasaki Tamura
Film editorAkira Suzuki
Art directorTakeo Kimura
Set decorationToshiharu Ochi
Music byKunihiko Murai
Costume designerEmiko Kogo

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Making of “Tampopo,” a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juzo Itami
  • New interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto
  • New interview with food stylist Seiko Ogawa
  • New interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Oosaki and chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and Ivan Orkin
  • Rubber Band Pistol, Itami’s 1962 debut short film
  • New video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film’s themes of self-improvement and mastery of a craft
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore

    New cover by Ping Zhu



Tampopo’s Delicious Return to Theaters

October 21, 2016

Today, our new 4K restoration of Juzo Itami’s 1985 “ramen western” Tampopo opens at New York’s Film Forum in the film’s first U.S. theatrical run in decades. The erotic allure of food fuels this . . . Read more »

Other Editions

Tampopo (Criterion DVD)

25 Apr 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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