The Taste of Tea

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The Taste of Tea
(茶の味 Cha no Aji)
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The Taste of Tea poster
Directed by Katsuhito Ishii
Produced by Kazuto Takida
Kazutoshi Wadakura
Written by Katsuhito Ishii
Starring Tadanobu Asano
Takahiro Sato
Maya Banno
Satomi Tezuka
Tomokazu Miura
Tatsuya Gashuin
Anna Tsuchiya
Rinko Kikuchi
Music by Little Tempo
Cinematography Kosuke Matushima
Edited by Katsuhito Ishii
Distributed by Grasshoppa (Japan)
Viz Media (USA)
Release date(s) July 17, 2004
Running time 143 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Taste of Tea (茶の味 Cha no Aji?) is the third film by Japanese writer and director Katsuhito Ishii. The film has been referred to as a "surreal" version of Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. It was a selection of the Cannes Film Festival.[1]

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The film is concerned with the lives of the Haruno family, who live in rural Tochigi Prefecture, the countryside north of Tokyo. Nobuo is a hypnotherapist. He teaches his son, Hajime, Go. Hajime becomes an excellent Go player, but he has a rough time with girls and puberty. Yoshiko refuses to be an average housewife, and works on animated film projects at home. She uses assistance from Grandfather Akira, an eccentric old man who is a former animator and occasional model. Eight year old Sachiko periodically sees a silent, giant-sized double of herself which mimics or benignly watches her. She contemplates ways to rid herself of it. Uncle Ayano is a sound engineer and record producer who comes to stay for a visit. He engages in inward reflection, seeks closure regarding an old relationship, and recounts a childhood experience- a tale which influences Sachiko and ties into later events.

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  1. ^ "Midnight Eye interview: Rinko Kikuchi". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 

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