Wonderful!


A wonderful movie about a healthy, artistic family and their creative friends in a beautiful rural setting. So refreshing to see movies like this that don't stick to a simple plot and story and instead communicate so much more about life and relationships. Excellent! If you like this you may like Postman Blues also.

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Totally agree. This movie is MAGIC. It's a shame that it's so unknown to wider audiences...but who knows, maybe it's better this way...

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I'd honestly think more people would benefit from this imaginative little gem.

However, I'm sure if that happened they'd just make the usual, diluted american remake.

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I found it slow moving and dull in the begining and it didn't help I was sleepy or tired when I tried or began to watch it but it paid off in the end. I admittedly watched this because it had Tadanobu Asano but I really enjoyed it. I loved the house/placed they lived in and the family itself. The cast was wondeful.

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I agree 100 % with the OP. This movie is an experience, fantastic story told in a very clever way. Quite unlike anything I've seen before. This is what cinema is about. :-)

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I'll add a "Bravo" as well for this film. It was beautiful, whimsical and enchanting! I also love the title. Watching this film is truly like slowly sipping a cup of your favorite tea, really tasting it and enjoying the moment as it unfolds. I can see, though, how it might not appeal to the "coffee crowd".

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I also agree, Ishii seems to be getting better.

"Be it a rock or a grain of sand, in water they sink as the same." Lee Woo-jin (Oldboy)

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I'll resurrect this old thread to add my praise. After discovering and enjoying "Funky Forest" last year, I've been waiting for a chance to see "The Taste of Tea." Just watched it tonight and fell in love with the gentle quirkiness of the Haruno family. The stories of Hajime's crush on his new classmate, and Sachiko's attempts to get rid of her giant doppleganger, provided my favorite sequences. Well worth the 2.5 hour running time to see Sachiko's smile at the end.

~~"Oh shut up, you two. And listen, you're not to say nowt."~~

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