<span style="font-size:1.17em">Tampopo (1985)
Also known as: Dandelion</span>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092048/
Director/Writer: Juzo Itami
IMDb rating: 7.7 (5,445 votes)
The first Japanese noodle western!
In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect fast-food noodle restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food to an old lady terrorizing a shopkeeper by compulsive squeezing of his wares.