Calling All Ramen Fans: Don’t Miss TPR’s Screening of the 1985 Japanese Cult Comedy ‘Tampopo’

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Want noodles with that? Tampopo is the movie that put Japanese filmmaker Juzo Itami on the international map in the 1980s and remains by far his most
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 famous film. Advertised as a “ramen Western” (as opposed to spaghetti Western), the movie’s not a Western but its style injects many send-ups of film genres as it spins a rambling anecdote of how various experts teach a woman to make the perfect ramen for her little restaurant. The main story, already tongue-in-cheek, keeps digressing into unrelated vignettes about food in the lives of various wacky characters, especially a gangster and his moll who play with food erotically. The result is a free-wheeling comedy, low in calories but throwing in plenty of spice, all for the purpose of satisfying an audience’s delectation. You should probably eat first. 

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