Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 27, 2019
Price: DVD $22.69, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story, Good Morning) at the height of his mastery, 1952’s 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 wife’s city-bred sophistication bumps up against the husband’s small-town simplicity, and a generational sea change-in the form of their headstrong, modern niece-sweeps over their household.

Ozu’s 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.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the Japanese drama include the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* 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 Ozu’s relationship with longtime screenwriter Kogo Noda
* New English subtitle translation
* An essay by scholar Junji Yoshida

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.