New Trailer for 4K Restoration of Itami's Ramen Western 'Tampopo'
"Whatcha eating?" Janus Films is re-releasing a Japanese film from 1985 titled Tampopo, from director Jûzô Itami, highly acclaimed by critics and foodies as one of the best films about a love for food. Described as a "ramen western", it's about a truck driver who stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. Tampopo is played by Japanese actress Nobuko Miyamoto. The film also has a few vignettes about the relationship of love and food. I only recently fell in love with authentic Japanese ramen after moving to New York and traveling to Japan a few years ago, and now I desperately want to see this. The 4K re-release will play in a few select cinemas (listings here) and I'll definitely be eating ramen after seeing it. For a full guide on ramen in Japan made in partnership with the re-release, click here. Enjoy!
Here's the new 4K restoration trailer (+ poster) for Jûzô Itami's Tampopo, direct via Janus Films' Vimeo:
In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro, who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food, to an old woman who terrorizes a shopkeeper by compulsively squeezing his wares. Tampopo is both written and directed by Japanese actor-filmmaker Jûzô Itami, of the films The Funeral, A Taxing Woman, Tales of a Golden Geisha, Minbo, A Quiet Life and Supermarket Woman. Tampopo was Itami's second film, first released in 1985. It played at the Toronto Film Festival in 1986 and only hit theaters in the US in 1987. Janus Films will be releasing a brand new 4K restoration of Tampopo, in theaters at Film Forum in NYC starting October 21st this year. It will then play in LA and eventually in more US cinemas.