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Rating: 7.5 stars


Japan absurd Family rural motorcycle middle school uncle board game

Seen 2 times

Seen on: 02/14/2020, 03/29/2009 (rewatch)

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The Taste of Tea (2004)

Directed by Katsuhito Ishii

Comedy | Fantasy

Most recently watched by sleestakk, sleestakk


A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has recently arrived, looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, Yoshiko’s daughter Sachiko is mainly concerned with why she seems to be followed around everywhere by a giant version of herself.

Length 143 minutes


Susumu Terajima | Tadanobu Asano | Rinko Kikuchi | Tatsuya Gashûin | Machiko Ono | Shinji Takeda | Tomokazu Miura | Ryo Kase | Kirin Kiki | Hideaki Anno | Kenji Mizuhashi | Kenichi Matsuyama | Anna Tsuchiya | Takahiro Sato | Maya Banno | Satomi Tezuka | Keisuke Horibe | Emi Wakui | Kotaro Shiga | Kaiji Moriyama | Tomoko Nakajima | Yuka Nomura

Viewing Notes

Another OOP title sitting on the shelf at my library. Wonder what would happen it I never returned it (reported it lost). Surely they wouldn’t replace it. Credit Josh Hurtado for this revisit.

This movie could use a new scan updated release on Blu.

Really dig Asano Tadanobu in this. Back when he was always taking on interesting roles.


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