Use of Silence in the 1985 “Western Tampopo”


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Use of Silence in the 1985 "Western Tampopo"
The use of silence in the 1985 noodle Western Tampopo speaks volumes about how Japan seeks to understand its own modernity as an Asian country that has, after being conquered by the United States, come to re explore its traditional identity in the age of media. There is a strange and fascinating silence about parts of the film where the characters’ are finding themselves in eating situations that reflect Japanese and Western customs pushed together. The silence crystallizes the questions built into the scenes about Japanese culture and its friendly but awkward relationship with Western America.
In the essay reading section “Sound versus Silence: Japanese Imitation of the West,” the author seems...
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.....h the egg is perhaps the most charged moment. They pass the egg yolk back and forth in a scene that is beautifully erotic. It represents a Japanese couple enjoying a carnal modernity. He is not bossing her around. Their exchange is silent because, as he mentioned in the beginning, he hates noise. If being loud in theatres was Japanese custom, so was unquestioned patriarchy. This scene with the egg is where Japan celebrates its modernity, its post-patriarchical equality with graceful sexiness. Tampopo is not about Japan losing its traditional identity; it is a movie about Japan gaining its modern identity.
Itami, Juzo. Tampopo. Tokyo: New Century Productions, 1985.
“Sound verses Silence: Japanese Imitation of the West.” 200-202.