Classics Drama Foodie

Tampopo (タンポポ)




© 1985 Itami Productions

The universally loved ramen western returns to the big screen in digitally remastered 4k

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

Enigmatic truck driver and noodle connoisseur Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki) stops by a ramen restaurant run by widower Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto). Goro is enamoured by the beautiful ramen-maker but is horrified at the sub-par food. Together with his sidekick Gun (played by Ken Watanabe in his breakout role), he takes Tampopo under his wing and transforms her into the best ramen chef in town.

Universally loved by fans of food and cinema, Tampopo serves up a savoury broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy and sensuous romance. It’s sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering; and most importantly, it’s about living life to the fullest.

A must see film for foodies and classic cinema fans alike. Juzo Itami’s masterpiece, Tampopo, is a tale about strangers who bond together through a quest for the perfect ramen. But it’s also about everything—culture and politics, etiquette and social order, and family and belonging.

“There is no more ‘foodie’ a film, though it predates the term, anticipating a kind of insane fetishism that no longer seems that unlikely.” – Anthony Bourdain



Get the chance to win a lucky door prize from SAKESHOP when you attend the screening in Sydney and Melbourne!


Year: 1985

Length: 115

Format: DCP colour

Classification rating: M

Audience warning: Contains mild nudity, and moderate violence and sexual content.

Language: In Japanese with English subtitles.

Genre: Classics Drama Foodie




Date Time Location City Special Events
Concluded - Dendy Canberra Centre -Sold out canberra
Concluded - Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre - brisbane
Concluded - Event Cinemas Innaloo - perth
Concluded - GU Film House Adelaide - adelaide
Concluded - Event Cinemas George Street -Popular sydney
Concluded - ACMI -Selling fast melbourne



Cast & Crew

Juzo Itami/
Juzo Itami/
Seigo Hosogoe/
Juzo Itami/
Yasushi Tamaoki/
Ken Watanabe/
Koji Yakusho/
Tsutomu Yamazaki/
Nobuko Miyamoto/
Rikiya Yasuoaka/
Akio Tanaka/