the evil capitalists vs the underdog capitalists*
*i had fun too!! itami constructs a fun genre-blending world closer to reality than tampopo’s more full-power gonzo vibe. always unique and quintessentially japanese, especially in its sense of humour. but don’t kid yourselves (and i really usually don’t go for marxist film analysis: check my reviews—i’m interested but i’m not an expert and marxism is not my field of study) this narrative is so obviously contrived to make its protagonists superheroes for just... figuring out how to competently run a business?