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2003

Cha no Aji

The Taste of Tea

茶の味

Release Date
July, 17th, 2004
Running Time
143 min
Genre
Feature
Color
Color
Screening Format
35mm

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

Rentrak Japan, THE KLOCKWORX

[ Story ]

The members of the Haruno family live together in a small mountain village, and are each burdened with their own particular problems. Eldest son, Hajime, is distraught when the object of his affections transfers to another school, but soon falls in love again with new student, Aoi (Tsuchiya Anna). Youngest daughter, Sachiko (Banno Maya), a first year elementary school student, is troubled by a giant doppelganger that roams around the town. Mother and former animator, Yoshiko (Tezuka Satomi), is attempting a comeback under the guidance of their eccentric grandfather (Gashuin Tatsuya). Consequently, her neglected husband Nobuo (Miura Tomokazu), a hypnotist, becomes bored with his life. This dysfunctional family is eventually brought together again by a picture in the grandfather's sketchbook. Rain spells the end of spring and the beginning of summer, and as a blazing red sunset spreads across the sky, the Harunos take in the scenery together as they sip their tea.
This quirky tour-de-force from director Ishii Katsuhito (Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, Party 7) was the opening film for the 2004 Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight.

[ Contact (International) ]

THE KLOCKWORX Co., Ltd.
International Department

#701, Meguro Suda Bldg., 3-9-1 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0063
Rep: FUJIMOTO Itaru (CEO, President)
Attn: NEGAMI Tetsu, KOIDO Kanako, KASHIWA Keita
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E-mail: license@klockworx.com
http://www.klockworx.com

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