chapter  20
10 Pages

Community and Connection: Itami Ju¯zo¯’s Tampopo (1985)

ByLINDA C. EHRLICH

In Tampopo (1985), directed by Itami Ju¯zo¯ (1933-1997), a celebration of connectedness and consumption joins a celebration of the cinema in a ‘comedy of manners’ about Japanese society. Through parody and imaginative linkages, Itami attempts to gently illuminate underlying absurdities in contemporary Japanese social rituals.1 The result is a surprisingly open-ended story which both satisfies and leaves viewers hungry for something a little more substantial.