Given the current recommendation to stay home and practice social distancing, we at the Chicago International Film Festival are looking at past selections from each year of the Festival that you can stream now from home. Stream our past selections as we look forward to the 56th Chicago International Film Festival this October 14-25, 2020.
Today’s #56Films entry, recommended by Artistic Director Mimi Plauché, highlights the delectable “ramen western” that screened at the 22nd Chicago International Film Festival.
Director: Juzo Itami
22nd Chicago International Film Festival
Master satirist Juzo Itami’s “ramen western” is at once an affectionate love letter to and incisive send up of food culture in Japan. Recently widowed single mother Tampopo is struggling to run her late husband’s ramen shop. When trucker Goro stops in one rainy night, he takes a shine to the novice noodle maker and decides to mentor her, as they strive to create one of the tastiest bowls of ramen in the city. Peppered with tantalizing episodes that flaunt our many food obsessions and insatiable appetites, this sharp, witty and winning genre mash up is sure to satiate your cinema palate. – Mimi Plauché, Artistic Director