Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

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In the 1950s, married life has become very routine for middle-aged Japanese couple Mokichi (Shin Saburi) and Taeko (Michiyo Kogure). Taeko calls her husband "dull" while Mokichi spends most of his time at the office. Their young niece Setsuko (Keiko Tsushima) is determined to escape their fate, so she refuses to accept the details of an arranged marriage set up by her parents. With tentative steps, this family, much like the city of Tokyo, is slowly moving into the modern age.

Cast & Crew

Michiyo Kogure
Taeko Satake
Kuniko Miyake
Chizu Yamauchi
Yûko Mochizuki
Shige
Chishu Ryu
Sadao Hirayama
Shin Saburi
Mokichi Satake
Kôji Tsuruta
Noboru Okada
Keiko Tsushima
Setsuko Yamauchi
Kôgo Noda
Writer
Yuharu Atsuta
Cinematographer
Yoshiyasu Hamamura
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Ichirô Saitô
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Critic Reviews for Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice)

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  • It's such a strange, sad, sweet film.

    May 21, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Yasujiro Ozu's delicate melodramas (this one dates from his finest period, 1951) avoid any sense of cliche in their restrained, sometimes painfully subtle study of family relationships.

    July 5, 2005 | Full Review…
  • No one shrug or sigh or smile is more or less dispensible than another gesture, which explains why minor characters are so important in Ozu films.

    July 5, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Class and gender conflicts congeal into a rather satisfying and empathetic resolution in a meaningful satire of bourgeois ideals in post WWII Japan.

    August 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice" is a great sample of Ozu's post-war works, and furthermore, one of his most approachable films.

    July 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Ozu takes his time but if you're willing to relax into his rhythms, this is a low-key charmer with plenty of heart.

    May 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ochazuke no aji (Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice)

  • Sep 23, 2011
    Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice starts with an excellent shot. Riding in the back of a car are two women, one is dressed in modern westernised clothes, while the other is dressed in a kimono. Such a shot perfectly captures many of Ozu's themes. Ozu then strengthens his topics with a simple conversation where Setsuko discusses seeing a French movie. Taeko is a bored housewife that insults her husband on a country getaway with her friends and niece. This really offends her niece Setsuko, and when it comes time for a wedding interview Setsuko is terrified that she will end up like her cruel aunt. Taeko's husband Mokichi is a very simple man with great patience. He tries to go along with his wife, but eventually it all becomes toomuch. She doesn't like the way he eats, the way he travels, or the cigarette brand he smokes. If I have one problem with this movie it's that Taeko is the most unlikable of Ozu's characters I have seen. She is simply cruel to an extent that it goes beyond culture/generational differences. Luckily it all adds together for an incredible ending. In true Ozu style, the married couple struggling to make something as simple as rice ignites their love and they decide to really make a go of things. It's really comforting to see a film that avoids all melodrama and rushes to the airports. It proves that subtlety can be a powerful thing.
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