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Spring 2013 April 8 in Gibsons

The Taste of Tea

Japan 2004, 142 min, comedy/drama. Japanese with English subtitles.
Director: Katsuhito Ishii

Still from 'A Taste of Tea'

The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji) is a family portrait as painted by a moderately demented Cubist. Through a series of vignettes we meet young Sachiko (Maya Banno), who is followed around by a massive doppelganger; Hajime (Takahiro Sato), a teenage boy who has a knack for being a bystander during strange interludes; Uncle Ayano, a successful music producer who is seeking out an old flame; and Grandpa (Tatsuya Gasyuin) who might be a Zenmaster. A line of dialogue also summarizes the movie itself: “It’s more cool than weird, and it stays in your head.”

The Taste of Tea is the third film by Japanese writer and director Katsuhito Ishii. The film has been referred to as a "surreal" version of Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander.

Still image from the film In 'The Taste of Tea'

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Reviews

A Cubist Family Portrait. Review in The New York Times by Neil Genzlinger, 2007.

The Taste of Tea. Review in Variety by Derek Elley, May 2004.

The Taste of Tea. Review in Midnight Eye by Tom Mes, May 2004.

 

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