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Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)
"Ochazuke no aji" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  20 November 1964 (USA)
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin Saburi ...
Mokichi Satake
Michiyo Kogure ...
Taeko Satake
Kôji Tsuruta ...
Non-chan / Noboru Okada
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Sadao Hirayama
Chikage Awashima ...
Aya Amamiya
Keiko Tsushima ...
Setsuko Yamauchi
Kuniko Miyake ...
Chizu Yamauchi
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Naosuke Yamauchi
Hisao Toake ...
Toichiro Amamiya
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Shige Hirayama
Kôji Shitara ...
Koji Yamauchi
Matsuko Shiga ...
Toichiro's mistress
Yôko Kosono ...
Fumi
Kinichi Ishikawa ...
Company President
Yoko Osakura ...
Kuroda Takako (as Yoko Uehara)
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Takeo, a capricious wife from Tokyo high-society, is bored by her dull husband, a quiet and reliable company executive raised in the country (Shin Saburi) After a crisis, she understands better his true value. A parallel sub-plot shows her niece rebelling against the tradition of arranged marriages. Written by phs

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Gaudeamus igitur
Traditional tune, lyrics by Christian Wilhelm Kindleben
Performed by Kôji Tsuruta
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A Good Ozu Film
26 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film mines much of the territory of Ozu films, including the complex relationships of the major characters, the resistance of a young lady to agree to an arranged marriage and the aesthetics of everyday living amongst the working classes. The film has two main stories, parallel to each other, running through it: Takeo, who is bored with her husband who is very simple in his needs, lies to him so she can go to a spa with her friends. Their niece, the pretty Setsuko, is the one who is resisting the arranged marriage meeting. How the two stories bisect is typical Ozu, creating conflict and anger. This film is not as good as much of Ozu's output at the time, but that includes "Tokyo Story", "Early Summer" and "Late Spring", which are standout classics. The great Setsuko Hara is not in this film and the equally great Chishu Ryu is a bit player, but I think you'll still find this film worthy of your time. If you haven't seen an Ozu film, start with "Tokyo Story" or "Late Spring" (others too, including "Good Morning" and "Autumn Afternoon") but give this a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.


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