Tampopo and Ohnuki-Tierney: Sound and Silence and Subtle Cultural Overtones The following paper looks at the notorious Japanese film, “ Tampoko ,” and at a scholarly article that references the film by Emiko Ohnuki -Tierney. In particular, this essay looks at the Ohnuki -Tierney article and explores whether or not its interpretation of the cinematic work is defensible or, conversely, rather weak in areas. Essentially, the argument of Ohnuki -Tierney is that the film is characterized by the use of sound to characterize irony, paradox, and the futility of one culture trying to ape the mannerisms and sensibilities of another culture. This writer tends to agree with Ohnuki -Tierney insofar as sound is utilized quite cleverly to show cultural...The end:
..... To close, we say that Ohnuki -Tierney is correct in noting the use of sound and silence to denote cultures clashing. However, she never quite takes into account the simple fact that sound can be portrayed as both the west and as the east; there is no appreciation for the fact that Itami often inverts the signification of sound and silence depending upon the scene – perhaps because he wants to capture the jumbled mess that arises when people forgo their culture for someone else’s. Works Cited Ohnuki -Tierney, Emiko. “Sound versus Silence: Japanese imitation of the west.” Pp.200-202 (additional pages not provided by client). Tampopo . Dir. Juzo Itami . Perf . Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto and Ken Watanabe. Itami Productions, 1985. Video.