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Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s beautiful domestic drama is piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone in post-war Tokyo

Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s beautiful domestic drama is piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone in post-war Tokyo

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Made the year before his career defining masterpiece, Tokyo Story, The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice is one of Yasujiro Ozu’s most beautiful domestic sagas, a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle aged couple, as the wife’s city bred sophistication clashes with the husband’s small town simplicity, and a generational sea change in the form of their headstrong, modern niece sweeps over their household.

Ozu’s expert grasp of family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humour and an expansiveness that moves the action from the home, to the baseball stadiums and the shops of post-war Tokyo.

Made the year before his career defining masterpiece, Tokyo Story, The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice is one of Yasujiro Ozu’s most beautiful domestic sagas, a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle aged couple, as the wife’s city bred sophistication clashes with the husband’s small town simplicity, and a generational sea change in the form of their headstrong, modern niece sweeps over their household.

Ozu’s expert grasp of family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humour and an expansiveness that moves the action from the home, to the baseball stadiums and the shops of post-war Tokyo.

Extras

  • Newly recorded audio commentary by Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Dr Jinhee Choi, biography of Yasujijro Ozu by Tony Rayns and full film credits

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SKU 5035673013793
Catalogue Number BFIB1379
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1952
Director Yasujiro Ozu
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Japan
Colour Black & White
Subtitles English
Language(s) Japanese
Running time 120 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U

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