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Cha no aji (2004)

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

Director:

Katsuhito Ishii

Writer:

Katsuhito Ishii

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Cast

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 ... Himself
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
Ryo Kase ... Rokutaro Hamadayama - Cosplayer (as Ryô Kase)
Rinko Kikuchi ... Waitress At Noodle Shop (as Yuriko Kikuchi)
Kirin Kin Kirin Kin ... Grandma
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El sabor del té See more »

Filming Locations:

Tochigi, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aoi Promotion, Grasshoppa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Unique vision. Whimsical and funny
10 February 2007 | by marta2046See all my reviews

A truly unique vision of a whimsical, funny and gently-demented family. The actors do a wonderful job in fleshing out the quirky characters so that they are never cartoons.

The cinematography is fascinating-- sometimes simply beautiful; other times, bizarre. And sometimes the perspectives are distorted just enough so things take on a surreal appearance but you don't exactly know why.

This a character-driven story without a whole lot of plot. If you need a complex storyline, you may be bored, but if you like stories which reveal the inner life of a creative family, this is the film to see.


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