Tampopo -Food Porn And A Takeoff On Movie Genres

Dear readers, you’ll have to forgive me for wandering off my usual circuit but, for now, at least, my parikrama takes us on a tour of some fantastic films from around the world. We’re starting with Japan.

For a 1985 film, Tampopo is surprisingly easy to watch if you can break out of the usual habits of watching. As the opening scenes caution, it’s a sin to crunch popcorn or have phones beefing when watching a film. Blink and you’ll miss the connections.

But I confess I’m abnormally restless and had only a fleeting idea of the film when I first saw it. Flashes remained – a spaghetti eating scene, an erotic scene involving food, a scene where a master explains how one should eat ramen…I was drawn to watch it again and now I end up watching it at intervals – each time I notice something more – a sound here, a piece of acting there, a reference, a lighting…

As it happens, in 2006 there appeared a Ramen film which makes many references to Tampopo.

With a high score on Rotten Tomatoes and supposed to be a favourite of Edward Norton on IMDB, this is a film which will tickle you enormously and it’s a must have, an absolute collector’s item.

Rent it on Netflix or buy it on Amazon, I promise you’ll have acquired a treasure.

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2 thoughts on “Tampopo -Food Porn And A Takeoff On Movie Genres

  1. I remembered the first time I watched this with my mom, I was not prepared. Things got very awkward during that scene where the naked girl had a bowl of live shrimps dancing on her stomach. Definitely know your audience before screening this! 🙂

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    1. That is true and, in fact, I sort of felt embarrassed when viewing it with my daughter-in-law and son. Yet it is just some lingering prudishness.

      The truth is that even that scene has been handled with such exquisiteness that it is not in bad taste at all – pardon the pun

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