The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice

Edition no. 989

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Shochiku
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu
One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu at the height of his mastery, The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice is a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle-aged couple, as the wife’s city-bred sophistication bumps up against the husband’s small-town simplicity, and a generational sea change—in the form of their headstrong, modern niece—sweeps over their household. The director’s abiding concern with family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humor and buoyant expansiveness that moves the action from the home into the baseball stadiums, pachinko parlors, and ramen shops of postwar Tokyo.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50
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Supplements

  • What Did the Lady Forget?, a 1937 feature by director Yasujiro Ozu
  • New interview with film scholar David Bordwell
  • Ozu & Noda: Tateshina Diaries, a new documentary by Daniel Raim on Ozu’s relationship with longtime screenwriter Kogo Noda
  • An essay by scholar Junji Yoshida

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