Many Westerners equate ramen noodles with the cheap dried stuff that poor students and young adults eat, but Criterion Collection is trying to change that. They put together this wonderful documentary to promote the 4K restoration of “ramen Western” Tampopo, one of the greatest food films ever made.

Criterion spoke with several chefs who dedicated big parts of their careers to perfecting ramen after seeing Tampopo, which is a funny and sensual and sweet film that incorporates martial arts and Western themes into the story of a young woman trying to transform a sad little ramen shop into a place she can create her culinary art.

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