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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



1985, Jûzô Itami, Japan, 114 min. With Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 2nd 7:45pm
  • Sat, Dec 3rd 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 4th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 5th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 6th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Dec 7th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 8th 8:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 9th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 9th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 10th 5:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 11th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 12th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 14th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 15th 6:00pm
New 4K digital restoration!

"A funny story beautifully told." — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

"A gleefully sensual and inventive comedy...TAMPOPO creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy." — Michael Sragow, Film Comment

A tall, cowboy-hatted stranger named Goro (Watanabe) swaggers into the noodle shop operated by the adorable Tampopo (Miyamoto), whose name means dandelion in Japanese but whose ramen are terrible in any language. A bad ramen is serious business, so Goro takes Tampopo on a quest for The Perfect Noodle. From this offbeat premise, director Itami cooked up one of the most original and delightful comedies ever made, a zesty, simmering concoction that links together three elemental sources of pleasure: movies, sex, and food. Especially food: the film provides an epic catalogue of the myriad ways of preparing ramen and other culinary delights, served up in sensuous and mouth-watering detail. No wonder critic Ravinder Kingra in Keyframe recently named TAMPOPO as “the greatest of all food films.” New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

DECEMBER 12 This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Chicago Reader Senior Writer / Food Critic Mike Sula.

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