How far would you go for the perfect ramen? Tampopo is a brilliant underdog story of a roadside ramen shop vying to create the best ramen around. It’s a tasty combination of the tropes of the classic Western made hilarious by transposing them to Japan’s meticulous culinary scene. The titular Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) is guided in her quest by scrappy truck drivers Gun (Ken Watanabe) and Goro (Tsutomu Yamazaki). In wicked parodies of film genres, they run her through a rigorous training process, steal secrets of broth-making and challenge other ramen-makers in Spaghetti Western (noodle Western?) style stand-offs.

The main quest for culinary perfection is intersected with brilliant standalone stories about different types of gourmand. From the couple who bring the kitchen into the bedroom, to the salaryman with an uncanny knowledge of French cuisine, to a cautionary tale about squeezing fruit, these vignettes add rich flavours to the delicious broth of Tampopo.

Sweet, peppered with hilarious moments and 100 percent guaranteed to have you desperate for a bowl of noodles, Tampopo is a nourishing watch that ignites every sense.

We have introduced a special season ticket for our BFI Comedy Genius Season which includes 5 different films in December and January of the very best big screen comedy. These tickets are only available from the box office which is open 10am-2pm Monday to Saturday and can be bought over the phone or in person. Season tickets are £20 and £17 for concessions.

Full Comedy Genius Season lineup:

Some Like It Hot – 28th December 7.30pm and 29th December 1.30pm.

Mean Girls – Wednesday 9th January 7.30pm.

This is Spinal Tap – Wednesday 16th January 8pm.

Tampopo – Sunday 27th January 7.30pm.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – thursday 31st January 8pm.

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Run Time: 114 minutes

Rating: 15

Subtitle Screening
Cinema & Baby screening
Autism Friendly screening
Silver Screening with free tea and coffee