Ken Watanabe
Director: Juzo Itami Cast: Ken Watanabe
Ken Watanabe
, Nobuko Miyamoto
Nobuko Miyamoto
, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Juzo Itami

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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The sophomore directorial effort from ill-fated Japanese filmmaker Juzo Itami, Tampopo is an off-beat comedy featuring several intersecting stories all related to food. Tsutomu Yamazaki plays Goro, a truck driver who helps a young widow named Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) improve her noodle restaurant. Over the course of the film, the story drifts around, not only following the stories of Tampopo, her son, and Goro, but also a number of customers who come through the diner, including an old woman (Izumi Hara) who insists on squeezing the cheese at a market and a criminal (Ken Watanabe) with a food-based kink. Tampopo was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1988 Independent Spirit Awards.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
UPC: 0715515195911
Original Release: 1985
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 11,286

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; The Making of "Tampopo," a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by Director Juzo Itami; New interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto; New interview with food stylist Seiko Ogawa; New interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Oosaki and chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jakisch, and Ivan Orkin; Rubber Band Pistol, Itami's 1962 debut short film; New video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film's themes of self-emprovement and mastery of a craft; Trailer; New English Subtitle Translation; Plus: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Watanabe Gun
Nobuko Miyamoto Tampopo
Tsutomu Yamazaki Goro
Koji Yakusho Man in White Suit
Rikiya Yasuoka Pisken
Kinzo Sakura Actor
Akira Kubo Restaurant Owner
Shuji Otake Rich Old Man
Choei Takahashi Company's Staff
Masahiko Tsugawa Supermarket's Manager

Technical Credits
Juzo Itami Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Seigo Hosogoe Producer
Takeo Kimura Art Director
Kunihiko Murai Score Composer
Akira Suzuki Editor
Yasushi Tamaoki Producer
Masaki Tamura Cinematographer

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