Made the year before his career defining masterpiece, Tokyo Story, 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.
***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
- Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
- Newly recorded audio commentary by Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns