The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji) Reviews

February 18, 2021
A beautiful piece of escapism, The Taste of Tea follows a family in rural Japan finding themselves and connections with each other.
October 25, 2020
"Taste of Tea" is an excellent film that manages to work on a number of levels, and a true tribute to Japanese quirkiness.
October 5, 2020
while there are multiple characters and all manner of oddball excursions, everything is anchored in a gentle, affectionate view of a household whose members are ever so slowly finding themselves.
May 11, 2010
I'm haunted by its whimsical surreality -- and by it's startling conclusion.
September 30, 2008
The title is well-suited for an Ozu film.
October 5, 2007
Quirky with a capital Q...
April 27, 2007
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.
April 26, 2007
The imagery is joyous, delightfully imaginative, serene and beautiful, and ultimately enchanting.
March 28, 2007
A messy, heartfelt entanglement of tangential indulgences into the wild eccentricities of human behavior.
March 8, 2007
'Weird but cool,' as one character says -- yet the movie is also remarkably touching.
March 2, 2007
...a film that celebrates the small joys of life, and it does so in a way that's both engaging and understated.
March 1, 2007
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.
February 26, 2007
pure pleasure
February 23, 2007
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.'
February 23, 2007
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.
February 20, 2007
Ishii's domestic frame is as tightly packed and layered as his horizons are expansive.