The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (dual format)

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Part of the BFI's The Ozu Collection, Yasujiro Ozu’s beautiful domestic drama is piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone in post-war Tokyo.

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.

Director; Yasujiro Ozu

Cast: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Koji Tsuruta

Special Features:

  • Re-mastered at 4K and presented in High Definition for the first time in the UK
  • Feature-length audio commentary by critic and Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns
  • Alternative unrestored audio track
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