Friday, 27 March 2009
Dir: Juzo Itami
Starring: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomo Yamazaki
There are countless films about love, lawsuits, war, and road trips, even, but so few films are about food. Yet food is one of the most delightful things about living. Tampopo is a celebration of that fact.
Overall, the story is about a struggling ramen store, but there are lots of mini-stories within it that serve no purpose other than to show how much people enjoy food: the homeless man who breaks into a restaurant to make an omelette, the old man who eats all the foods his wife tells him he shouldn't, the couple who like egg yolks...
Ramen is Japanese soul food, the English breakfast of Japan. Nothing tastes better than slurping the soup of a delicious bowl of steaming noodles, and I strongly advise you to have some noodles, or some snacks at worst, to hand when watching Tampopo.