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Program Title: Tampopo
EASC Code: JT-01
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Juzo Itami
Producer: Reupublic Pictures
Release Date: 1987
Running Time: 114 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "A satire about food and sex, Tampopo delightfully parodies American Westerners and Japanese samurai films. Dubbed "the first noodle Western," Tampopo follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and her quest for the perfect bowl of ramen. Helping her attain top ramen status is Goro, the truck driver who at first criticizes Tampopo's cooking ability and then helps her to master it. Colorful characters and witty humor are just two if the main ingredients in director Juzo Itami's recipe for a zany film."
Data Entry Date: 2/2/1999