The Taste of Tea

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Overview

Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo. The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo. The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after Ayano moved to the city. As the lazy days pass by, each member of the family is followed in a series of episodic vignettes. Eccentric grandfather Akira (Tatsuya Gashuin) seems to reside in a wondrous universe of his own making, while imaginative mother Yoshiko (Satomi Tezuka) is attempting to re-establish herself as an anime artist and hypno-therapist father Nobou (Tomokazu Miura) practices his trade on willing family members. Meanwhile, on the youthful side of the clan, son Hajime (Takahiro Sato) attempts to get his hormones in check following the arrival of a pretty new classmate, while haunted daughter Sachiko (Maya Banno) stealthily attempts to avoid her massive doppelganger - a mysterious figure who seems to be tracing the girl's every move.
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Special Features

Director & Cast Profile; Original Japanese Trailers; VIZ Pictures Presents; The Making of the Taste of Tea (91 Min); Animation; "Super Big" (3 Min).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2007
  • UPC: 896911001041
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Viz Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mayo Banno Sachiko, the Daughter
Takahiro Sato Hajime, the Son
Tadanobu Asano Ayano, the Uncle
Satomi Tezuka Yoshiko, the Mother
Tomokazu Miura Nobuo, the Father
Tatsuya Gasyuin Grandfather
Ikki Todoroki Ikki Todoroki
Tomoko Nakajima Akira Terako
Anna Tsuchiya Aoi Suzuishi
Kirin Kin Granny
Emi Wakui Voice Only
Rinko Kikuchi
Technical Credits
Katsuhito Ishii Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Hilo Iizumi Executive Producer
Takeshi Koike Animator
Kosuke Matsushima Cinematographer
Kohichi Mori Sound/Sound Designer
Kazuto Takida Producer
Little Tempo Score Composer
Yuji Tsuzuki Production Designer
Ikuko Utsunomiya Costumes/Costume Designer
Kazutoshi Wadakura Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Taste of Tea
1. Hajime Breaks His Heart [4:55]
2. People in the Haruno Family [4:49]
3. The Story of Uncle Ayano [9:55]
4. Romanchi [3:33]
5. The Soba Noodle Shop Incident [2:49]
6. The Convenience Store Incident [1:39]
7. Why Are You a Triangle? [3:42]
8. Transfer Student Aoi [2:04]
9. Everyone's Annoyance [6:25]
10. Hajime's Excitement [8:01]
11. Shooting Star Guard and Yakuza [6:00]
12. Ikki Todoroki's Tragedy [3:48]
13. Ayano and Akira [7:34]
14. Morio's Dance [3:55]
15. A Birthday Present to Myself [5:51]
16. Nobuo's Hypnotism [8:41]
17. Hajime Joins With Go Club [9:53]
18. "Oh My Mountain..." [8:26]
19. A Moment Like a Dream [8:33]
20. "Super Big" Frist Preview [8:22]
21. Good-Bye, Grampa [4:33]
22. Gift From Grampa [6:46]
23. We Were All Watching Sunset [6:15]
24. Ending [6:37]
Disc #2 -- The Taste of Tea
1. Title "The Taste of Tea" [1:16]
2. Akira Todoroki [1:46]
3. "Oh My Mountain" [5:39]
4. Ikki Todoroki [3:24]
5. Hajime Haruno [8:15]
6. Aoi Suzuishi [5:09]
7. Inside Story of a Classroom Scene [4:14]
8. Romanchi [3:19]
9. Shooting Star Guard [3:14]
10. Yakuza [3:25]
11. The Soba Noodle Shop Incident [1:31]
12. Jungle Girl [2:26]
13. Yoshiko Haruno [3:37]
14. Animator [3:42]
15. Nobuo Haruno [8:09]
16. Narrator [1:53]
17. Ayano Haruno [8:00]
18. Morio Moriyama [3:18]
19. The Haunted Forest [6:22]
20. Sachiko Haruno [10:15]
21. Goal For Ishii Crew [2:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Taste of Tea
   Play Film
   Special Features
      Director & Cast
      Original Japanese Trailers
         Trailer
         Teaser Trailer
      VIZ Pictures Presents
         Ping Pong
         Kamikaze Girls
         Linda Linda Linda
         Train Man: Densha Otoko
   Scenes
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Audio
      5.1 Channel
      Stereo
Disc #2 -- The Taste of Tea
   The Making of the Taste of Tea: Play Scenes
   Super Big: Play
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