The Taste of Tea (Contemporary World Cinema)
2003 - Japan - 143 minutes
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DIRECTOR: Katsuhito Ishii
CAST: Tadanobu Asano, Maya Banno, Takahiro Sato
Hajime is a hole-headed high-school pupil determined to perform the most unlikely of feats to win over the girl he loves. Eight-year-old Sachiko can’t shake her giant doppelganger. Yoshiko decides to revive her animation skills, her husband is a hyponotist, and Ayano tells of being plagued by a bloodied, tattooed ghost, and Grandfather is the craziest of all. Together, this comprises the Haruno family, who inhabit a small house lost in the mountains. Absurdly delirious humor materializes from the loosely connected series of vignettes that make up the film. We travel from wide luxurious roads to the fields beyond the Haruno home to a subway that holds men wearing giant robot or superhero...or something...costumes. One of the most imaginative features in years, The Taste of Tea is part self-reflexive, animated trickery, part quirky family comedy, part enigmatic cinema poem—and it all takes place amongst a picturesque patchwork of cherry blossoms, green fields and yellow sunflowers. –ECDirector Katsuhito Ishii’s previous directorial efforts, Party 7 (’00) and Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (’98) met with universal acclaim. He also garnered worldwide attention for his animated sequence in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill,Vol I.
PRODUCER: Kazuto Takida & Katzutoshi Wadakura
SCREENWRITER: Katsuhito Ishii
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Kosuke Matsushima
EDITOR: Katsuhito Ishii
MUSIC: Little Tempo
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