Extra features (*in standard definition):
90 minute Making Of
‘Super Big’ – Animation
Reversible sleeve art
Here’s the trailer and synopsis and a little extra info:
茶の味 「Cha no Aji」
Release Date: July 17th, 2004
Duration: 143 mins.
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Writer: Katsuhito Ishii (Screenplay),
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Takahiro Sato, Maya Banno, Satomi Tezuka, Tatsuya Gashuin, Tomokazu Miura, Anna Tsuchiya, Ikki Todoroki, Hideaki Anno,
The Taste of Tea is probably the most famous work of Katsuhito Ishii. He is also known for making Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005).
After making his debut with Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998) and following that up with Party 7 (2000), Ishii spent four years making this and it was the opening work of the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival Director’s Fortnight.
The film was shot in Motegi Town, Tochigi Prefecture, and its beautiful natural scenery makes a nice contrast to the surreal happenings that go on.
Synopsis: Uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano) takes a break from his job as a music producer to visit the rest of the Haruno family who are living a quiet life in a rural town north of Tokyo. Parents Yoshiko (Satomi Tezuka), an artist, and Nobuo (Tomokazu Miura), a hypnotist, are raising their son Hajime (Takahiro Sato), who is experiencing first love, and daughter, Sachiko (Maya Banno), who is seeing bizarre visions. Ayano has his own issues as he wants to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after he moved to the city.
As lazy days pass by, each member of the family is followed in a series of episodic vignettes.