The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice

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Shown: April 16, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Yasujirō Ozu

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1952

Duration : 116 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice is one of Yasujirō 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.

This portrait of married middle age is deliciously flavoured with mystery and melancholy.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)