Cha no aji, (The Taste of Tea) (2004)
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Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo. The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit
Oct 12, 2004 Wide
Feb 20, 2007
Sachiko the Daughter
Hajime the Son
Ayano the Uncle
Yoshiko the Mother
Nobuo the Father
The film could easily lose a half-hour, but it rewards with a promise that there are unexpected marvels in the world and moments of real grace.
'Weird but cool,' as one character says -- yet the movie is also remarkably touching.
The most charming comedy in town, writer-director-editor Katsuhito Ishii's 2003 piece is a modern Japanese variation on You Can't Take It With You, with some lovely fantastical flourishes.
A description someone gives of a song involved in one of the film's many detours neatly summarizes the movie itself: 'It's more cool than weird, and it stays in your head.'
A tad too long, Tea is nevertheless touching and funny, with charming performances. You might say it's as calming as a hot cup of green tea.
I'm haunted by its whimsical surreality -- and by it's startling conclusion.
The imagery is joyous, delightfully imaginative, serene and beautiful, and ultimately enchanting.
A messy, heartfelt entanglement of tangential indulgences into the wild eccentricities of human behavior.
...a film that celebrates the small joys of life, and it does so in a way that's both engaging and understated.
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