7.9/10
1,462
9 user 13 critic

Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

Ochazuke no aji (original title)
A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Director:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Early Spring (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe, Teiji Takahashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Setsuko is unhappily to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a bad drinking habit. She had always been in love with Hiroshi but both of them failed to propose when Hiroshi left for France a ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Chishû Ryû
Akibiyori (1960)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada
Higanbana (1958)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In post-war Japan, a man brings a lost boy to his tenement. No one wants to take the child for even one night; finally, a sour widow, Tané, does. The next day, complaining, she takes the ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chôko Iida, Hôhi Aoki, Eitarô Ozawa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Shin Saburi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Shûji Sano, Chieko Murata
Bakushû (1951)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Sumiko Kurishima, Tatsuo Saitô, Michiko Kuwano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Mieko Takamine, Shin Saburi, Hideo Fujino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mokichi Satake
...
Taeko Satake
Kôji Tsuruta ...
Non-chan / Noboru Okada
...
Sadao Hirayama
Chikage Awashima ...
Aya Amamiya
Keiko Tsushima ...
Setsuko Yamauchi
...
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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 November 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At the spa, the women mention the All-Girl Revue and sing a song from it ("It started when the violets were in bloom..."). This is most likely a reference to the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theatre troupe based in Takarazuka, in the Hyogo Prefecture. See more »

Quotes

Taeko Satake: Think well before you pick your groom, it's important.
See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Old Sweet Song
Composed by J.L. Molloy (as James Lyman Molloy)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
simple fare
3 February 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is both typical and untypical Ozu - typical in that its a simple story with a typical simple point (but of course told with deceptive skill and complexity), but its unusual in that its set among the upper middle classes, not the 'average' Japanese family of most of his movies.

The story is straightforward - an unhappy marriage between a rich girl and her successful but relatively low born husband. She can't hide her contempt for his dullness and rustic ways. He is unhappy but never argues back, just finds his own little ways of getting pleasure out of life. A series of incidents finds them having an unexpected late night simple meal (green tea over rice is essentially 'leftovers' when nothing else is available) and suddenly she realizes she loves him after all.

As always with Ozu, the richness is in the characters. Taeko, played by Michiyo Kogure is spoiled and insensitive, but a compelling, capricious character. Mokicho (the husband) under his dull salary-man skin is really a sensitive, caring man. The other characters are all vivid and memorable, especially Setsuko, the headstrong niece. There are also wonderful set pieces, usually involving Taekos friends, having little girls nights together, gossiping about their husbands and plotting marriages.

With Ozu a brief overview of his movies always makes him sound dull. But in reality this is funny, moving and compelling. Its not first rate Ozu - the theme of the movie is too straightforward and obvious, the ending a little too neat and tidy. But second rate Ozu is still head and shoulders above almost any other drama. The humanity of the characters shines through, creating a little world we can sink into. The wonder of Ozu is that we are not observing characters, we are sitting with them, in the middle of their lives.

I can't help but compare this to Naruse's 'Repast', another movie about a marriage in trouble, where the wife cannot hide her contempt for her husband, but in the end they both realize why they love each other. Naruse was more of a pessimist, so the reconciliation at the end of Repast is both happy and sad, as the characters realize that that living together, even without a great love, is better than being lonely. In Ozu's more traditional world, the couple (product of an arranged marriage) eventually find love, even after many years of marriage by the acceptance of each others little foibles. Taeko learns that simple things can be as pleasurable as luxury. It seems a little trite, and it would be in another film makers hands, but somehow Ozu finds depths of wisdom even in such clichés.

The irony is that Ozu was a lifelong bachelor, yet he made perhaps the best movies ever made at examining families in detail. If I had my way I'd put this movie and 'Repast' as compulsive viewing for all engaged couples. It would be more effective than any pre-marriage course!


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?