Comedy: The Taste of Tea

Comedy: The Taste of Tea

Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo.

The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after Ayano moved to the city.

As the lazy days pass by, each member of the family is followed in a series of episodic vignettes.

Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Cast: Maya Banno, Tadanobu Asano, Takahiro Satô, Tomokazu Miura
Genre: Surreal Comedy
Language: Japanese (with English subtitle - press the CC button to turn on subtitles)
Year: 2003
Runtime: 143 minutes

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Comedy: The Taste of Tea