Tampopo Movie Review

Movie Review by Anthony Leong © Copyright 1997

This strange western-ish Japanese comedy follows the story of a couple of truck drivers who come riding into town to help a widow build her suffering noodle shop business. In the process, they also help the widow's son stand up to bullies at school and learn the philosophy behind the art of noodle-making. However, the best aspect of the film is the disjointed menagerie of subplots, that exemplify the role of food in people's lives. There is a man rushing home to his dying wife who then cooks him dinner before she dies, and a man who chokes on sushi in a restaurant resulting in the use of a vacuum cleaner to render first aid. The supermarket pilferage scene is a riot, and so is the overly-dramatic death scene of a gangster.

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