The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

C.C. 95

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Release Date: August 27, 2019
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Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Writer:
Yasujirô Ozu
  • Japan
  • 1952
  • 116 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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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.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Junji Yoshida
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