Review of “Tampopo”

Tampopo (Dandelion) is a bizarre, uneven but funny Japanese movie about some guys helping a woman in Tokyo create the best noodle stand ever. There are about a dozen side stories that have no connection at all to the main story except they’re about food: people using food creatively during sex; a wife who dies while preparing the family meal and the father insists everyone finish the food while it’s still hot; another guy gets shot in the street and tells a story about eating wild boar just before he dies. And it’s all mixed together in various films styles from westerns to musicals. I’m not sure what to think of it, but it’s entertaining. Here’s a non-English trailer for it:

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