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Opens on April 7

Director: Juzo Itami Run Time: 115 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1985 Language: Japanese

Starring: Ken Watanabe, Koji Yakusho, Nobuko Miyamoto, Rikiya Yasuoka, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Jûzô Itami, Japan, 1985, DCP, 114 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. 

FOOD IS LIFE in this mouthwatering “ramen western” about a misfit gang of ramen ronin who guide a noodle-shop owner in her quest for the perfect recipe. Comedy master Jûzô Itami whips kung fu, noir, tearjerkers, Chaplinesque silent antics, and, of course, the spaghetti western into a rich, full-bodied broth and serves it up hot as the wacky, surreal adventures of Tampopo (Itami’s wife Nobuko Miyamoto) are seasoned with the sexy exploits of a gastronome gangster (PERFECT DAYS star Kōji Yakusho). A tasty meditation on human hunger; savory and sweet; nourishing for the body and soul. Umami cinema.


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