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Restored noodle Western 'Tampopo' served up by Loft

A new digital restoration of the '80s art-house film "Tampopo" will screen at the Loft, and you can win a pair of tickets.

The movie will be shown Thursday night only. The Fat Noodle food truck will be on hand before the movie, serving up delicious dumplings, noodles, ramen burgers and more. From our friends at the Loft:

Juzo Itami’s hilarious, rapturous and mouthwatering “Ramen Western” returns to US screens for the first time in decades, in a brand-new digital restoration. Goro (Tsutomo Yamazaki), a tough noodle-loving cowboy-truck driver, stops on his way to Tokyo at a ramen restaurant run by Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto, A Taxing Woman), a sweet young widow whose heart is in the right place but whose noodles are lacking. When Goro criticizes the cuisine, a brawl breaks out. Awakening on the floor of the restaurant, Goro is beseeched by Tampopo to help her save her failing business, and he chivalrously agrees. Together they set out on a quest to create the perfect noodle, aided by an odd assortment of characters who impart their noodle know-how along the way, including a white-suited gangster (Koji Yakusho, The Eel), who celebrates food and sex in odd erotic encounters with his girlfriend (helpfully instructing audiences on how to enhance bedroom delights with a raw egg), and an old man who describes all the steps needed to enjoy perfect ramen (which include thanking the noodles). Writer/director Juzo Itami’s (A Taxing Woman, The Funeral), ‘80s arthouse hit Tampopo is a sweet, sexy and surreal delight that remains one of the most delectable food films ever made.  But consider yourself warned: Don’t see this on an empty stomach!  (Dir. by Juzo Itami, 1985, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles, 114 mins., Not Rated)

To enter to win a pair of tickets, comment here and tell us about your favorite foodie flick, or let us know over on our Facebook page. Good luck!

And the winner is .... Jesse Clah. Thanks for sharing, everyone!

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