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Ishii Katsuhito's The Taste of Tea makes its Blu-ray debut in October

23 August 2020

Filmmaker Ishii Katsuhito takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl [Samehada otoko to momojiri onna] for The Taste of Tea [Cha no aji], low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo.

The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after Ayano moved to the city. As the lazy days pass by, each member of the family is followed in a series of episodic vignettes.

The Taste of Tea

Winner of numerous festival awards, including Best Asian Film at the 2005 Fantasia Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival, The Taste of Tea will make its worldwide Blu-ray debut on 5 October 2020 courtesy of Third Window Films at a yet to be confirmed RRP.

Special features (in standard definition):

  • 90 minute 'Making Of' documentary
  • 'Super Big' - Animation
  • Reversible sleeve art

Here's a trailer: