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Tampopo

Juzo Itami

 
Tampopo (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1985
  • 114 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
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  • 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.

Cast

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

Credits

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

Film Essays

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Tampopo: Ramen for the People

By Willy Blackmore April 28, 2017

Blending irreverent comedy and surreal eroticism, Juzo Itami’s international hit is a utopian look at the peculiarities of gastronomic culture. Read more »

On Five

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This Week on the Criterion Channel

March 30, 2018

Since its under-the-radar release in 2007, Ronald Bronstein’s directorial debut, Frownland, has been admired by a generation of young filmmakers for its uncompromising vision, which has earned . . . Read more »


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On the Channel: Juzo Itami and Nobuko Miyamoto’s Creative Marriage

December 19, 2017

One of Japanese cinema’s great actor-director collaborations takes the spotlight in our Creative Marriages program, now playing on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Read more »


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Ana Lily Amirpour’s Taste for Tampopo

October 06, 2017

Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour shares her love for Juzo Itami’s foodie classic in this new video, which we’re sharing just in time for National Noodle Day. Read more »


Film Essays

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Tampopo: Ramen for the People

By Willy Blackmore April 28, 2017

Blending irreverent comedy and surreal eroticism, Juzo Itami’s international hit is a utopian look at the peculiarities of gastronomic culture. Read more »


Video

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Making Ramen “Itami Style”

April 25, 2017

When it comes to capturing the sensory pleasures of food on film, it’s hard to beat Juzo Itami’s mouthwatering 1985 “ramen western” Tampopo. A mix of wicked humor and surreal eroticism, this . . . Read more »


Clippings

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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 »

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