For our February Foreign Affairs screening, the Hollywood Theatre proudly presents a 35mm screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE. Free for Hollywood Members!
THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE (Japan, 1952): One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu at the height of his mastery, THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVE RICE is a sublimely piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship between a childless, middle-aged couple as her city-bred sophistication bumps up against his small-town simplicity, and a generational sea change—in the form of their headstrong, thoroughly modern niece—sweeps into their household. The director’s abiding concern with the intricacies of family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, enlivened by 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.