Tampopo (1985)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Alternate title:  Dandelion

Japan, 1985.  Itami Productions, New Century Productions.  Screenplay by Juzo Itami.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Juzo Itami, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

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