Fukumi Kuroda and Kôji Yakusho in "Tampopo"

Juzo Itami’s 1985 “ramen Western” — perhaps the best food movie of all time — is up tonight in our Arkansas Times Film Series.

Itami’s film is a gorgeous paean to the twin desires of hunger and lust, a takedown of culinary elitism and a hymn to care of craft all wrapped in a package of loosely related vignettes. I love this movie because it’s simultaneously goofy and transcendent — a hymn to human appetite and a cinematic Michelin Star meal that goes down the gullet so easily its two-hour runtime feels like a fleeting moment.


The Arkansas Times Film Series is presented in partnership with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema. Buy advance tickets at riverdale10.com, and join us at 7 p.m. tonight.