One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu at the height of his mastery, The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice
is a subtly piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle-aged couple, as the wifeâs city-bred sophistication bumps up against the husbandâs small-town simplicity, and a generational sea changeâin the form of their headstrong, modern nieceâsweeps over their household. The directorâs abiding concern with family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with 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.
- What Did the Lady Forget?, a 1937 feature by director Yasujiro Ozu
- New interview with film scholar David Bordwell
- Ozu & Noda: Tateshina Diaries, a new documentary by Daniel Raim on Ozuâs relationship with longtime screenwriter Kogo Noda
- An essay by scholar Junji Yoshida