|The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice|
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1952
The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice is one of Yasujiro Ozu's most beautiful domestic sagas, a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless middle-aged couple, as the wife's city bred sophistication clashes with the husband's small town simplicity, and a generational sea change in the form of their headstrong, modern niece sweeps over their household. Ozu's expert grasp of family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humour and an expansiveness that moves the action from the home to a baseball stadium and the shops of post-war Tokyo.
|What the Critics say:|
|"This portrait of married middle age is deliciously flavoured with mystery and melancholy." (Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian)|