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Film review: The Taste of Tea (2004), directed by Ishii Katsuhito

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Cha no aji (aka. The Taste of Tea, 2004) by Ishii Katsuhito (1966-) is a daring attempt at visualizing nonsensical dreams while masquerading its outlook as a portrayal of a gentle, even traditional Japanese family, the Harunos. Its markedly off-beat narrative corresponds to Japanese people's yearning for "iyashi" (healing), a desire widespread since the end of the Bubble Economy in the mid-1990s

Keywords: Ishii Katsuhito; Japanese drama; The Taste of Tea; fantasy; jissha

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ac.21.1.215_5

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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