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The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

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

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin Saburi ... Mokichi Satake
Michiyo Kogure ... Taeko Satake
Kôji Tsuruta Kôji Tsuruta ... Non-chan / Noboru Okada
Chishû Ryû ... Sadao Hirayama
Chikage Awashima Chikage Awashima ... Aya Amamiya
Keiko Tsushima Keiko Tsushima ... Setsuko Yamauchi
Kuniko Miyake ... Chizu Yamauchi
Eijirô Yanagi Eijirô Yanagi ... Naosuke Yamauchi
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Toichiro Amamiya
Yûko Mochizuki Yûko Mochizuki ... Shige Hirayama
Kôji Shitara ... Koji Yamauchi
Matsuko Shiga Matsuko Shiga ... Toichiro's mistress
Yôko Kosono Yôko Kosono ... Fumi
Kinichi Ishikawa Kinichi Ishikawa ... Company President
Yoko Osakura Yoko Osakura ... Kuroda Takako (as Yoko Uehara)
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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

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tea Over Rice See more »

Filming Locations:

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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.
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Soundtracks

Gaudeamus igitur
Traditional tune, lyrics by Christian Wilhelm Kindleben
Performed by Kôji Tsuruta
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Not top notch Ozu, but well worth watching
3 April 2015 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu made this 1952 film between two masterpieces, Early Summer and (especially) Tokyo Story, and this film suffers a bit by comparison with them. As in other (somewhat more accomplished) movies by Ozu (one thinks especially of the superb Late Spring) the plot deals on the issue of whether a young woman should marry, and if that marriage should be a love marriage or arranged one. There is a middle aged, childless couple, the snobbish, nasty Taeko (Michiyo Kogure) and her husband, the honest, good but a bit dull salary man Satake (Shin Saburi). Her nephew, the pretty young Setsuko (Keiko Tsushima) comes to visit, she has to go to an interview for an arranged marriage, but seeing the loveless marriage between Taeko and Satake, and how she mocks him behind his back, is not very interested.

Ozu's best films haven't dated a bit, but this one has somewhat. Moreover, while I don't agree with the generalization that all of Ozu's films are slow (not all of them are), this one is on the leisurely paced side. What's more, the movie takes some time to develop its plot so it does require a bit of patience from the viewer. You will eventually warm up to this movie, I think, but not immediately.

On the plus side, it is a good, interesting movie, with believable, well developed characters. Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima and Kumiko Mikaye (all regular of many Ozu films) have bit roles here.


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