Tampapo (1985): Juzo Itami’s Erotic Tale of Food and Love, Special DVD Edition

Tampopo is the ravishing tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe.

This rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites.

The movie intersperses the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low.
The sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.
1985 * 114 minutes * Color * Monaural *
In Japanese with English subtitles * 1.85:1 aspect ratio
* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* The Making of “Tampopo,” a ninety-minute documentary from 1986, narrated by director Juzo Itami
* New interview with actor Nobuko Miyamoto
* New interviews with ramen scholar Hiroshi Osaki; food stylist Seiko Ogawa; and American chefs Sam White, Rayneil De Guzman, Jerry Jaksich, and Anthony Bourdain
* Rubber Band Pistol, Itami’s 1962 debut short film
* New video essay by Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos on the film’s themes of self-improvement and mastery of a craft
* Trailer
* New English subtitle translation
* PLUS: An essay by food and culture writer Willy Blackmore
SRP $39.95
PREBOOK 3/28/17
STREET 4/25/17
ISBN 978-1-68143-285-4
UPC 7-15515-19591-1
SRP $29.95
PREBOOK 3/28/17
STREET 4/25/17
ISBN 978-1-68143-286-1
UPC 7-15515-19601-7