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Tampopo (+intro)

Tampopo (+intro)

  • Directed by Jûzô Itami
  • Starring Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Kôji Yakusho, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yoshi Katô
  • JPN | 115mins | 1985 | (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film runtime: 1h 55m

Language: Japanese with subtitles

This June we bring you the next chapter of our ‘Reflections of Asia’ bi-monthly strand.

Every other month, we’ll select an East Asian film which demands to be seen or re-seen on the big screen.


The classic self-proclaimed “ramen western” celebrates the transcendent power of well-made food in sensuous, witty fashion.

After saving a widowed mother from unruly customers, two mysterious drifters are rewarded with her noodles, only to judge that they “lack character”, beginning a tireless quest to make her ramen shop the greatest around.

Praised for decades as one of the greatest films about cooking, Juzo Itami elevates its art to a solemn cinematic legend, while showing its ability to break through barriers of class, law, and genre in every field of life through a series of outlandish-but-lifelike vignettes, making for a funny, imaginative, and delectable paean to the value of good cuisine.


The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post-screening discussion in the auditorium.