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The Taste of Tea (2004)
"Cha no aji" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 April 2005 (France)
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A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Maya Banno ...
Sachiko Haruno - daughter
Takahiro Satô ...
Hajime Haruno - son
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Ayano Haruno - uncle
Satomi Tezuka ...
Yoshiko Haruno - mother
Tatsuya Gashûin ...
Akira Todoroki - grandpa
Tomoko Nakajima ...
Akira Terako
Ikki Todoroki ...
Himself
Tomokazu Miura ...
Nobuo Haruno - father
Anna Tsuchiya ...
Aoi Suzuishi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saki Aibu ...
Hotaru
Hideaki Anno ...
Kasugabe
Keisuke Horibe ...
Man in Noodle Shop
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Rokutaro Hamadayama
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(as Yuriko Kikuchi)
Kirin Kin ...
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A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has recently arrived, looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, Yoshiko's daughter Sachiko is mainly concerned with why she seems to be followed around everywhere by a giant version of herself. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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An Amazing Film Experience...
4 July 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

DO NOT miss the chance to see this incredible film by Katsuhito Ishii. I just recently saw it at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and it was by far the best film I saw in my short stay there. The sheer imagination of the character's lives portrayed on screen is amazing. Little can be said to explain exactly what this film is about, but it is one of those films that you could simply watch for days upon end without getting tired of the characters or their stories.

It's incredible to think that the director of this film has such little professional experience in film, as he handles the script, editing, and directing of "Cha no aji" like he has had years to hone his craft. The innovative use of special effects, humor, and flashbacks give the film its unique, unforgettable "taste".


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