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Cha no aji (2004)

A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life.


Katsuhito Ishii


Katsuhito Ishii
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Credited cast:
Maya Banno Maya Banno ... Sachiko Haruno - daughter
Takahiro Satô Takahiro Satô ... Hajime Haruno - son
Tadanobu Asano ... Ayano Haruno - uncle
Satomi Tezuka Satomi Tezuka ... Yoshiko Haruno - mother
Tatsuya Gashûin ... Akira Todoroki - grandpa
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima ... Akira Terako
Ikki Todoroki Ikki Todoroki ... Self
Tomokazu Miura ... Nobuo Haruno - father
Anna Tsuchiya ... Aoi Suzuishi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saki Aibu Saki Aibu ... Hotaru
Hideaki Anno ... Kasugabe
Keisuke Horibe ... Man in Noodle Shop
Ryô Kase ... Rokutaro Hamadayama - Cosplayer
Rinko Kikuchi ... Waitress At Noodle Shop (as Yuriko Kikuchi)
Kirin Kin Kirin Kin ... Grandma


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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Comedy | Fantasy


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An ordinary Japanese family full of extraordinary people.
25 April 2005 | by jbull-4See all my reviews

A truly beautiful film full of wonderful imagery and comic moments that made the almost 2 and a half hours fly past. It really needs to be seen in a cinema where you can totally integrate yourself in the atmosphere and you feel like a fly on the wall, watching the family and their situations without interrupting their flow. Visually nature plays a huge role, not just the human side of it (which is simple and uncomplicated) but the countryside, the river, the wind, the cherry blossoms, the rain etc etc. It really is beautifully filmed and the characters are all very touching, very funny and very normal really (except perhaps the psychedelic singing uncle),in their own quirky little ways. There isn't a real story line, we just follow the family over a seemingly short period of time. Some moments in the film may seem relevant and some may not, but they all do seem to fit in somewhere along the way and they are all such a pleasure to watch. I came out of the cinema feeling as though my karma was on a high and I still do.

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Release Date:

20 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tochigi, Japan


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AOI Promotion, Grasshoppa See more »
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1.66 : 1
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