Tampopo (Dandelion) Movie- A Fabulous Japanese Food Film
When this sad reality becomes too much to bear, I turn to Tampopo (known in English as Dandelion), a Japanese film written and directed by Juzo Itami and starring Ken Watanabe (who you probably know from Inception and The Last Samurai).
A Love Story about Food with Western Undertones
The premise of the film revolves around the journey of a single mother (Tampopo- played by Nobuko Miyamoto) as she struggles to revive her mediocre ramen shop. Tampopo is aided by Goro (Tsutomu Yamakazi), a truck driver who ambles into town from the great world beyond and knows his way around a bowl of good soup. As the movie progresses, Goro, with his sidekick Gen (Ken Watanabe), band together to turn Tampopo’s listless restaurant into a top-notch ramen church. Tampopo has a fabulous Western feel to it, with Gun being the dark, handsome cowboy, and the film’s subplots are filled with laughs and delicious dishes.
Dinner and a Movie
Should you have already seen this excellent film, I then recommend preparing one or several of the dishes made in the film, then enjoying it as you watch! Here are some ideas:
- French cuisine in general
- Japanese cuisine in general
No matter how you watch Tampopo, I hope you enjoy it. It’s a wonderful celebration of all things food related, and wonderfully portrays the Japanese culture’s love for food, which is unparallelled in its nuanced passion and artfulness.
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