(out of 5)

Alternate title:  Dandelion

A cowboy () walks into a noodle restaurant and informs its owner () that her noodles leave a lot to be desired. He then takes weeks to teach her how to reinvent the look of her establishment, the quality of its food, and, eventually, the quality of her life. In the meantime we are given vignettes of other citizens and the important role that this particular dish plays in their lives. This very charming comedy has subtle humour and great wisdom, with engaging characters and excellent performances that really put it across.

Itami Productions, New Century Productions

Japan, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by Juzo Itami

Cinematography by

Produced by , Juzo Itami,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Independent Spirit Awards 1987.  

National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

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