Cha no aji, (The Taste of Tea)
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Cha no aji, (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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quirky with a capital Q..."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The most charming comedy in town, writer-director-editor Katsuhito Ishii's 2003 piece is a modern Japanese variation on You Can't Take It With You, with some lovely fantastical flourishes."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"I'm haunted by its whimsical surreality -- and by it's startling conclusion."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A messy, heartfelt entanglement of tangential indulgences into the wild eccentricities of human behavior."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"The film could easily lose a half-hour, but it rewards with a promise that there are unexpected marvels in the world and moments of real grace."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A description someone gives of a song involved in one of the film's many detours neatly summarizes the movie itself: 'It's more cool than weird, and it stays in your head.'"
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The title is well-suited for an Ozu film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a film that celebrates the small joys of life, and it does so in a way that's both engaging and understated."
‑ Rudy Joggerst,
"'Weird but cool,' as one character says -- yet the movie is also remarkably touching."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"A tad too long, Tea is nevertheless touching and funny, with charming performances. You might say it's as calming as a hot cup of green tea."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The imagery is joyous, delightfully imaginative, serene and beautiful, and ultimately enchanting."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"pure pleasure"
‑ Don Willmott,
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