Cinema Abroad


Film Info
Series:Cinema Abroad
Run Time:118 min
Release Year:1985
Sponsored By:Clyde Coffee
Original Language:Japanese
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Juzo Itami
Cast Members:Ken Watanabe
Tsutomo Yamazaki
Nobuko Miyamoto


Clyde Coffee and The Roxy Theater are thrilled to present Cinema Abroada new series of classic and contemporary foreign films.

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.