Directed by Juzo Itami. Japan. 1985. NR. 1 hour 54 minutes. Janus Films. Digital Restoration.
Tampopo tells the tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin – including Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) in his breakthrough role – who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe. The film serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure, seasoned with offbeat comedy and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and succulent, Tampopo remains one of the . . .