Tompopo (1985)

Tampopo (タンポポ, Tanpopo, literally "dandelion") is a 1985 Japanese comedy film written and directed by Juzo Itami, and starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, and Ken Watanabe. The publicity for the film calls it the first "ramen Western", a play on the term spaghetti Western.

After a milk truck driver tells the owner of a noodle shop the ugly truth about her cooking, they depart in search of the perfect noodle recipe.

Ultimately, Tampopo encourages its viewers to prioritize skills and knowledge over faith in individuals of high status or authority. This message is embodied in Lai Lai's (and to a lesser extent Goro's) journey as she learns from a diverse group of individuals.

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