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Perspectives Film Festival 2016: THE TASTE OF TEA (PG13) - For SFS Members

What Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has recently arrived, looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, Yoshiko's daughter Sachiko is mainly concerned with why she seems to be followed around everywhere by a giant version of herself.
When 30 October 2016 (Sunday), 2:00pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

Admission for SFS members with valid Individual Membership or Reel Card.  You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel Card.  Non-members may sign up online or at our booth.  No tickets will be sold.  Our booth will open 30 mins before the screening time at the venue.

Note: Limited free tickets, please RSVP on Peatix to avoid disappointment.


The Singapore Film Society is proud to support Perspectives Film Festival with a special selection of four titles from their programme for SFS members to enjoy.

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With post-screening dialogue with director Katsuhito Ishii


Dir. Katsuhito Ishii

2004 | Japan | Comedy/Fantasy | 143 mins | 35mm | In Japanese with English subtitles | PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Sexual References) 

Official Selection - Director's Fortnight (Cannes Film Festival)

Set in the heart of the idyllic Tochigi prefecture in Tokyo, The Taste of Tea is an offbeat but charming family portrait of a suburban Japanese household.  Young Hajime (Takahiro Sato) nurses a heartache from an unrequited love, while his mother (Satomi Tezuka) works on an animated film at home with his eccentric grandfather (Tatsuya Gashuin).  His father (Tomokazu Miura) spends his days working as a hypnotherapist, sometimes practicing on family members.  Meanwhile, Hajime’s 8-year-old sister Sachiko (Maya Banno) is troubled by a giant version of herself who lurks in the distance, and is convinced that it won’t disappear unless she does a backflip on a handlebar.

Previously recognised in Japan for quirky, manga-inspired films like Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl and Party 7, director Katsuhito Ishii first came into international spotlight when he supervised the animation on Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol 1. In The Taste of Tea, Ishii takes a major step beyond his previous cult-animation efforts and infuses the family drama with his gift of creating magic in commonplace situations.  Straying from narrative conventions of Japanese melodramas, the director drives the plot forward with incidental episodes, and punctuates the story with surrealist imageries that celebrate both the weird and the banality of life.

As funny as it is strange, Ishii’s unhurried storytelling is interspersed with quirky symbolisms that interweave the individual family threads into a colourful tapestry.  He conjures up a distorted yet heartfelt reality by breathing life into the characters’ strange fixations and dreams, uncovering the little eccentricities of the everyday that would otherwise be overlooked in the daily grind.