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Film Review: The Taste of Tea (2003) by Katsuhito Ishii

Film Review: The Taste of Tea (2003) by Katsuhito Ishii

One of the most impressive traits of a number of Japanese filmmakers is the way they accept their inner quirkiness and channel it to occasionally impressive, but always intriguing and surrealistically funny narratives. This trait finds one its apogees in Katsuhito Ishii’s “Taste of Tea” from a director that has actually based its career in this particular tactic. The movie is also one of the most successful of the director, winning awards from festivals both in Japan and all over the world.

The Haruno family is a clan of “weirdos” living in a house in a small rural town outside of Tokyo. Nobuo, the father is a hypnotist who occasionally practices on his own family and hates his brother, a flashy manga artist who lives in the city. Ayano, the cool uncle, who is a sound recordist, also stays in the house taking a sabbatical and

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