Japan 2021

The Flavour of Green Tea over Rice

Ochazuke no aji

This exquisite domestic drama charts a marital crisis, with a wonderfully sprightly comic touch.

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Japan 1952
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Michiyo Kogure, Shin Saburi, Chikage Awashima, Keiko Tsushima
115min
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate U

Reportedly one of Ozu’s own personal favourites, this exquisite domestic drama charts a marital crisis, but does so with a wonderfully sprightly comic touch. A couple’s relationship is strained as the snobbish, city-raised wife increasingly bristles at her husband’s provincial ways – but a visit from their headstrong niece offers the chance of reconciliation. One of Ozu’s funniest and most tender films.

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