Taste of Tea (2004)
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|Meet the Harunos, a rather unconventional family, but happy and loving nonetheless. They live in a small town in the mountains just outside Tokyo where life is good and quiet - but that doesn't mean they don't have their own little problems.|
As 8-year old Sachiko tries to get rid of a giant version of herself who seems to pop up everywhere, her older brother Hajime privately wrestles with his love-struck heart. Meanwhile, their mother Yoshiko is working hard, coming out of retirement as an animator, as her husband and professional hypnotist Nobuo watches on with slight apprehension.
Yoshiko's brother, Ayano is just visiting his hometown and staying with the family, but also has a hidden agenda: he needs to come to terms with a romance that ended years ago. Even Nobuo's brother and successful manga artist Todoroki has his problems. It's his birthday soon and he wants to give himself something special. And lastly there's Grandpa, the most bizarre and perhaps the most perceptive of all, who continues to search for a better way to live life to the fullest.
"...a modern Japanese variation on "You Can't Take It With You," with some lovely fantastical flourishes. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...touching and funny, with charming performances...as calming as a hot cup of green tea. V.A. Musetto, New York Post
Editor's NoteDirector Katsuhito Ishii pays homage to Yasiujiro Ozu with this psychedelic twist on Ingmar Bergman's FANNY AND ALEXANDER. Revolving around an eccentric family, the film follows mom (an aspiring animator), dad (a hardworking hypno-therapist), their hormonal teenage son, and grandpa (who has ambitions of becoming a rock star). Meanwhile, the baby of the family, Sachiko, tries to escape the hauntings of a 60-foot ghost, and a visit from an uncle just adds to the general craziness.
|Hilo Iizumi - Executive Producer|
|Katsuhito Ishii - Director|
|Katsuhito Ishii - Writer|
|Katsuhito Ishii - Editor|
|Kazuto Takida - Producer|
|Kosuke Matushima - Cinematographer|
|Tempo Little - Original Music By|
|Yuji Tsuzuki - Production Designer|