The Flavour of Green Tea over Rice


The Autumn Season of Film Night at Pelham Hall commenced on Saturday 4th September 2010 with a Japanese film entitled: "The Flavour of Green Tea over Rice". It's set in 50s Japan when morals and etiquette were very strict by Western standards. We find out how a middle aged couple come to terms with the "seven year itch" without committing Hara-Kari!

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  1. OK - I suppose that I'd better kick this off, having set it up in the first place ...

    I enjoyed the film - not too taxing or enigmatic - even though little dramatic happened. It was fascinating to see a glimpse of a totally different world as, although I've seen a bit of Japan in the last decade, middle class Japan in the early 50s was very unfamiliar.

    It's amazing how maritally restorative the powers of engine failure are!

    Not sure I'd recommend it to others however, as I'd rate it as diverting rather than a classic.

    Posted by David May, 04/09/2010 at 22:39

    1. I've been really enjoying the film nights, as a case in point, I found this film very engaging, a genuine tonic to the mass manufactured hollywood films. Seeing a film from another epoch allows a glimpse into another world, which is as often valuable as it is learned.
      As david says, it's not for everyone, but would recommend for someone looking for a quirky, gentle, sympathetic foreign film.

      Posted by Adam Burtt-Jones, 06/09/2010 at 10:35

      1. How could you not like a film that gave such intimate glimpses into domestic lives so culturally different from ours - the padding about in socks, the simple paper and bamboo living spaces combined with the hideous western chintz in the bedroom, and even in 1951, train passengers getting details of their journey, arrival times etc over a tanoy. All topped off with that quote "even your hideous habits grow facinating to me".

        Posted by Lou, 06/09/2010 at 17:35