The Taste of Tea

Directed by Ishii Katsuhito, 2004, 143min

The Haruno’s, an unconventional but happy and loving family, live in a small town in the mountains just out of Tokyo. The mother Yoshiko is an animator and her husband a professional hypnotherapist. As 8-year old Sachiko tries to get rid of a giant version of herself who seems to pop up everywhere, her older brother Hajime, privately wrestles with his love-struck heart. Of the family members, the most bizarre and perhaps the most perceptive is Grandpa, who continues to search for a better way to live life to the full. The film has been characterized as a surreal version of Ingmar Bergman´s Fanny and Alexander.

 

OISHII: ISHII KATSUHITO – THE TASTE OF TEA
SAT 12.4.2014, Pieni sali 16:00
SUN 13.4.2014, Pieni sali 11:00
Address: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki

 

Ishii Katsuhito´s (b. 1966) feature debut Sharkskin Man & Peach Hip Girl was based on the visual novel by cult manga artist Minetaro Mochizuki. The film became the second highest grossing title of the year 1999 in Japan. Ishii quickly followed his success with Party 7 (2000). Between the years 2001 – 2002, the writer-director created a series of short films including the 3D animated dialogue piece Hal & Bons and the 2D animated space opera Trava. Among other things, Ishii also found the time to collaborate with Production IG for the animation sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

The Taste of Tea


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