Janus has been doing particularly good work as of late, and this may be among the stronger examples of their fine taste. (No pun intended.) Long a Japanese cult classic, Juzo Itami‘s Tampopo is being introduced to a new generation of cinephiles, who will now get a “ramen western” that combines the two greatest things: mouth-watering Asian cuisine and weird sex stuff. In the Realm of the Senses but with more uses for a hard-boiled egg, one could say.

The picture’s been lovingly restored, as evidenced by a trailer for the theatrical run that begins this Friday at Film Forum. See the preview below:

Juzo Itami’s rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.


The Tampopo restoration will begin its release on Friday, October 21.

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