The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice

Beginning in light-hearted mood with four women deceiving their husbands to go drinking at a spa, this exquisite Ozu film gradually turns dark as it charts the marital crisis of one of the women and her taciturn husband. At once a study of the shortcomings and strengths of the arranged marriage, and an exploration of what constitutes deceit, and an understated celebration of love tentatively rekindled (one might almost call it Ozu's Viaggio in Italia), this is also one of the director's most 'active' films; the camera frequently moves, there are car rides, train journeys and planes taking off, as well as scenes at baseball games and cycle races. Very funny and very moving.

Release details

Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenwriter: Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda
Cast: Shin Saburi
Michiyo Kogure
Koji Tsuruta
Chishu Ryu
Chikage Awajima
Keiko Ksujima
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