Tampopo [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1985]

  • SKU: 32549836
  • Release Date: 04/25/2017
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New English Subtitle Translation
  • 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
  • New video essay by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film's themes of self-emprovement and mastery of a craft
  • Plus: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore
  • Rubber Band Pistol, Itami's 1962 debut short film
  • The Making of "Tampopo," a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by Director Juzo Itami
  • Trailer


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. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ken Watanabe
    Ken Watanabe - Gun
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    Nobuko Miyamoto - Tampopo
  • Tsutomu Yamazaki
    Tsutomu Yamazaki - Goro
  • Koji Yakusho
    Koji Yakusho - Man in White Suit
  • Rikiya Yasuoka
    Rikiya Yasuoka - Pisken

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderfully odd film!

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had never heard of this film until Criterion announced an upcoming release of it early in 2017. Tampopo is a film that's hard to define. The mood can turn from dramatic to comedic suddenly, but that somehow works here. If you are interested in the process of creating food and how everyone appreciates food in their own unique way, give this film a try. The video quality is amazing and the special features are very insightful.

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