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A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends. The way The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice depicts leisure activities is another reflection of the postwar Japanese zeitgeist. The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice does something similar in its interweaving of the stories of two couples of different social backgrounds: the middle-aged Taeko and Mokichi and the young Setsuko and Noboru, between whom a tender romance is budding. Interview: Haroula Rose – Once Upon a River
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What is _The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice_ (1952) about?
By Mladen PechevskiOctober 16, 2020
With a running time of seventy-one-minutes, the film is a satire of the Japanese bourgeoisie, and an early format of the social comedies he would come to master. Ozu was not a celebrated festival favorite and thus did not enjoy the same international acclaim as Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi (only his The End of Summer competed on a major platform in Berlin, though reverence for French cinema gets a sly nod in the opening moments as Michiyo Kogure and Keiko Tsushima drive by a shoot for a new Jean Marais film). His self-composure makes her reevaluate his manliness.
Ozu & Noda (17 Minutes): A fascinating 2019 featurette from Daniel Raim that takes a look at the relationship between Ozu and his longtime collaborator Kogo Noda.
Ozu’s work is like a spiral: we keep coming back to the same place, but at different levels.
For those accustomed to the bittersweet greatest hits of Japanese auteur Yasujirô Ozu’s later period familial dramas, the lesser known 1952 social satire The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice reminds one of a wider range than some of his revered titles would indicate. It has all of the trademarks of Ozus style with a softer, upbeat ending. On the Rocks | Review What Did the Lady Forget?, a 1937 feature by Yasujiro Ozu, New video essay by film scholar David Bordwell, Ozu & Noda, a new documentary by Daniel Raim, Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2019.
There are few people in the world we would rather hear talk about the beauty of Ozu’s cinema than one of the foremost experts on Japanese cinema.
August 27, 2019: COMMENTS: Criterion’s Blu-ray of The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice derives from a new 4K restoration that was undertaken by Shochiku from a 35mm fine-grain positive.
They gripe from morning to night,” she’s told in early sequence by her aunt’s confidante).
Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects. Available on Criterion Blu-ray and DVD starting tomorrow. Unable to add item to List. The quality is noticeably a little scratchy, but the inclusion of this precursor to Ozu’s more-famous works is quite welcome.
With Tea, the resolution is realistic but simple, never straying too close to a point of no return. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It really just needed a little more depth in the writing to fully explore the fascinating problems that it attempts to tackle. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
Though the businessman Mokichi Satake (Shin Saburi) hails from the socially peripheral Nagano, he has climbed up postwar ladders in Tokyo and wed Taeko (Michiyo Kogure), the modish daughter of a wealthy man, bred in the capital.
As so much of the tension between Taeko and Mokichi has been at mealtimes, it is fitting that their eventual reconciliation also happens around food, this time in the kitchen, which we have barely seen in the film until this point. A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis.
One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu at the height of his mastery, The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice is a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists.
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French Exit | 2020 New York Film Festival Review They are obviously not particularly happy together, for Taeko feels she has to lie to go off and have a good time, while their tastes also heavily clash (he prefers simple and familiar, while she prefers things more refined).
If anything, this sly portrait of a new sentiments brooding both within the current and impending generation reflects a modernization more directly explored in 1959’s Good Morning. Taeko’s bitter feelings for husband Mokichi are apparent in every early exchange, culminating in the film’s cruelest moments, referring to her husband as Mr. Bonehead and comparing him to a sluggish carp in a pool of fish below the spa she’s secretly traveled to with her girlfriends, all more than happy to be complicit in Taeko’s secretive excursions.
Reviews One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu at the height of his mastery, The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice is a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone.
As usual, in their hands, this is probably the best the film has looked since its original release back in 1952. Now that’s not saying that it’s a bad film (I’ve never come across a “bad” Ozu film), for it’s beautifully made, as all his films are.
Though Noboru balks at Setsuko’s categorical rejection of the custom—still quite common at the time among the upper and middle classes—he is far from a pigheaded traditionalist.
Such bigotry is reserved for Taeko and her elder sister, Setsuko’s mother, Chizuru (Kuniko Miyake). Reviews
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This simple story of conjugal life did not make it to production during World War II, because, the story goes, the Home Ministry insisted that a departure for the battlefield should be a joyful occasion, celebrated with festive red-bean rice rather than humble green tea over rice. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $7.98 Shipping to Canada.
Made a year before "Tokyo Story" this is a social satire on life in Japan.Its not the greatest Ozu film ever made but you will find yourself well rewarded if you watch it.