The Taste of Tea is a whimsical, lovely movie about the members of a strange family and their concerns, fantasies and relationships. I can’t say it truly breaks new ground, but the surrealistic flights of fancy are a welcome touch to the genre, and the incidents of the family’s life are treated with such tenderness, wit and charm, that it is hard not to fall a little bit in love with the Todorokis.The Taste of Tea is set in a small, rural town, and primarily follows the Todoroki family over the course of a summer. All the family members are distinct individuals, though the primary focus is on the two young children. Maya Banno, who plays the daughter, Sachiko, is simply adorable without ever becoming cloying, and Ishii coaxes a fine performance out of her. Sachiko, though haunted (or perhaps annoyed is the better word) by visions of her onlooking giant self, never for a moment feels like less than a real girl. Hajime (Takahiro Sato) is a shy and introverted teenager, who alternates between being obsessed by girls and frightened by them. Two scenes with Hajime: one in which he can’t contain his excitement at the idea of sharing a hobby with the new girl in school, and another in which some other students try to play a prank on him, are great examples of the light touch with which Ishii handles his material.
Japanische Import-DVD, codefrei
Regie: Katsuhito Ishii, 2004
Japanisch DD5.1 + DD2.0, Englische Untertitel
Darsteller: Maya Banno, Takahiro Satô, Tadanobu Asano, Satomi Tezuka, Tatsuya Gashûin, Tomoko Nakajima
Hülle mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren, DVD ist wie Neu.
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