I do not recommend watching this movie without a full stomach of ramen (we ordered ours from Colala.) A devastatingly cool cowboy/trucker rolls into a struggling noodle shop just looking for a bite, but sticks around to help the owner up her game from middling to transcendent. With fourth-wall breaking digressions into gangster parodies and wild sexual food antics, Itami pokes fun at how our appetites can make us seriously deranged. But by thoroughly detailing the craft of a well-made dish, he reveals the value of this obsession.
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The Bri-terion Collection
I’m loving the Criterion Channel streaming service, so every week I’m going to share my favorite new find.