Tampopo - Enzian Theater

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Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.

USA, 1985, 114 minutes, In Japanese with English subtitles, Directed by Jûzô Itami

  • “There is no more ‘foodie’ a film, though it predates the term, anticipating a kind of insane fetishism that no longer seems that unlikely.”

    - Anthony Bourdain
  • “A weird, mouthwatering masterpiece.”

    - Dan Kois, Slate
  • “Still the best ramen western there is… Food isn’t just consumed in TAMPOPO - every bite is an ode to life.”

    - Serena Donadoni, the Village Voice
  • “A gleefully sensual and inventive comedy… creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy.”

    - Michael Sragow, Film Comment
  • “Grade: A-. An episodic foodie fantasia about all of the things that give life its flavor and make it worth savoring.”

    - David Erhlich, IndieWire
  • “The greatest of all food films… it’s impossible to resist.”

    - Ravinder Kingra, Fandor
  • “Completely, hilariously deranged.”

    - Brooklyn Museum
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