1985 / 114 min. / NR
Director: Jûzô Itami
Cast: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto

The Japan Foundation and The Royal Cinema Present: TAMPOPO タンポポ (FREE!)

Free admission, RSVP required, all films in Japanese with English subtitles

Join us for a mini-series of films about RAMEN co-presented by the Japan Foundation, Toronto and the Royal Cinema. This series examines all that is Ramen with great stories about the chefs who make it, and the people who enjoy eating this popular noodle and soup combination. After watching these films, you’ll want to warm up to a tasty bowl of Ramen!

The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges—our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this screening is free, please arrive by 8 PM or your ticket will open up to oversold & rush tickets!

Check out The Japan Foundation’s other Ramen Film here.


The Japan Foundation

A global NPO that aspires to cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, creating global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue.

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