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''Tampopo'' is a 1985 Japanese film directed by Juzo Itami, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki and Creator/KenWatanabe. A sketch comedy revolving around food, it's main narrative involves a pair of truck drivers, one dressed like a cowboy, who take it upon themselves to revitalize the eponymous character's failing ramen shop. Another bit involves a white-suited Yakuza and his mistress engaging in food play. Beyond that, there's a man who teaches the proper method of eating ramen, managers getting upstaged by a subordinate at a French restaurant, spaghetti slurping, homeless foodies, trips to the dentist, an old woman who wrecks a grocer's produce, a pickpocket who loves peking duck, and a dying housewife who prepares one last meal for her family.

The film was popular overseas in the late-'80s art house circuit, and many ramen shops claim to have been inspired by it.

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!!This work contains the following tropes:

* {{All Just A Dream}}: The other shop breaking in and attacking Tampopo.
* {{Bar Brawl}}: [[TakeOurWordForIt Takes place offscreen.]]
* BestialityIsDepraved: What the ''hell'' are they doing with that poor crayfish?
* BlackComedy: The scene with the man and his sick wife certainly qualifies.
* {{Breaking The Fourth Wall}}: The yakuza at the beginning.
* {{Defeat Means Friendship}}:
** After Pisken and Goro fight one last time, they end up as friends.
** Tabo beats up the three kids who've been picking on him, and they end the movie going off together as friends.
* {{Food Porn}}: A literal example as well as a figurative one. Let's just say this movie will make you hungry.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Besides the main plotline (and the one about the yakuza and his mistress), there are a few other miniature plots that revolve around food, such as the RamenSlurp sketch.
* {{Good Old Fisticuffs}}: How Goro and Pisken fight.
* {{Homage}}: Various {{western}}s, notably ''Shane''.
* [[ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals It Always Rains At Shootouts]]: [[spoiler:When the white-suited yakuza is killed.]]
* {{Lighthearted Rematch}}: After the {{Bar Brawl}}, Pisken asks for a rematch. He felt sorry for not fighting Goro one on one, and they spar again leading to {{Defeat Means Friendship}}.
* ManInWhite: The Yakuza character.
* {{Nice Hat}}: Goro's cowboy hat. He even wears it in the bath!
* {{Public Domain Soundtrack}}: The movie uses Mahler in several places. Also Liszt.
* {{Ramen Slurp}}: A sketch revolves around it.
* {{Serious Business}}: The preparation and consumption of food, as most of the characters see it.
* {{She Cleans Up Nicely}}: Tampopo in the chef's outfit.
* [[StealthBasedMission Stealth Based Omelette Making]]: Yep, omelette making.
* {{Training Montage}}: Parodied with ramen making.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:When the yakuza is shot.]]
* [[WidgetSeries Widget Movie]] It's a western. About ramen.
* {{Yakuza}}: One of the major characters.
* {{Yum Yum}}: The crawfish scene.

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