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The Taste of Tea
The Taste of Tea
Actors: Takahiro Sato, Maya Banno, Tadanobu Asano, Tomokazu Miura, Satomi Tezuka
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Animation
UR     2007     2hr 23min

Meet the Harunos, a rather unconventional, but happy and loving family nonetheless. They live in a small town in the mountains just out of Tokyo where life is good and quiet - but that doesn't mean they don't have their ow...  more »


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Actors: Takahiro Sato, Maya Banno, Tadanobu Asano, Tomokazu Miura, Satomi Tezuka
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Animation
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Family Life, Animation
Studio: VIZ Pictures, Inc.
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 07/03/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 23min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
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Member Movie Reviews

Rani L. (Mina) from WASHINGTON, DC
Reviewed on 12/26/2008...
I loved this movie. Throughout the film, I had an immense feeling of nostalgia. The Haruno family was so lovable that at many times that I wished I was part of their family. Grandpa Haruno was hilarious, so was Uncle Ayano and his story the "Funky Forest". The setting of the movie was so comforting and beautiful. A very loving and moving film. Highly recommended for patient viewers.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Amazing and delightful -- a touching and lovely film from Ja
Nathan Andersen | Florida | 08/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Harunos are not your typical family. The father is a hypnotist, whose method is to enable people to dream alternate worlds; the mother aspires to draw anime; the grandfather is also an artist, who takes great delight in his unconventional ways; the daughter is troubled by a giant version of herself who follows her around and stares unhappily at what she does; the son, perhaps the most ordinary, is a shy but intelligent boy who has fallen in love. The film is gorgeous, full of visual surprises and laugh out loud moments. I had no idea what a nice surprise was waiting for me when I rented this on a whim; I will definitely buy this dvd since it is one that could definitely live up to repeat viewings and I can't wait to introduce it to other friends and lovers of cinema. I can't believe I'd never heard of this beautiful and charming film about family and love and obsession and work and friendship and above all, imagination. It may seem slow, since its aim is not so much to move through the paces of a story as to capture a set of lives whose worries and obsessions are vividly brought to life in their imaginations, but it is never boring. A delightful surprise, that brings the visual wonder of the best Japanese animation to the live action story of an eccentric but appealing family. Definitely one to see for anyone who like to be surprised when they watch movies."
A well made cup of tea
hot4hypatia | 29.48 N , 98.51 W | 12/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this movie on a whim and I was very pleasantly surprised. The story and characters are quirky yet endearing on many levels - the grandfather in particular is priceless. It is a modern tale of an artistic family living in a suburb of Tokyo - very pastoral scenery, but very urban neuroses. It is an artistic rendering of everyday situations that make you want to laugh and cry. It is also a kaleidoscope of Yakuza thugs, hypnosis therapy, artistic integrity, letting go of a relationship, mixing music in a studio, surviving your in-laws, and more! It is all done with a light touch the neither judges nor tries to reduce to some trite formula.
If you enjoy art films and different cultures, this is a must see."
Morgan V. Holt | Tucson, AZ USA | 12/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...all I will add is that this movie begs you to watch it over and over again. It is an absolute charmer, the type of which cannot be found in (modern) American movies. Which is a terrible shame.