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(aka "Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice" or "Tea Over Rice" or "Tea and Rice Ochazuke no aji")

 

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Japan 1952

 

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 sublimely 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 her headstrong, modern niece—sweeps over their household. The director’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.

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Re-released in 1972, Ochazuke No Aji, or The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, is one of those films whose transcendent simplicity transforms an ordinary story into something special. A man with very simple tastes and habits meets with growing exasperation from his more sophisticated wife. She treats him with increasing disrespect and nearly has an affair, but something changes her attitude and she returns to him with an appreciation for his simplicity and reliability.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October  1st, 1952

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Comparison:

Tartan (Ozu Boxset: Volume 2) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Already available on a Region FREE Blu-ray from Shochiku out of Japan:

Distribution Tartan (Ozu Boxset: Volume 2) - Region 2 - PAL Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:55:56         1:56:19.263   
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.98 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,856,201,500 bytes

Feature: 30,264,477,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.78 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese

LPCM Audio Japanese 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Tartan
 

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Restoring Ozu (3:36)
• Photo gallery

DVD Release Date: June 27, 2005
Digipack Box
Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,856,201,500 bytes

Feature: 30,264,477,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.78 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

What Did the Lady Forget?, a 1937 feature by Yasujiro Ozu (01:11:26)
New video essay by film scholar David Bordwell (25:11)
Ozu & Noda, a new documentary by Daniel Raim on Ozu’s longtime collaboration with screenwriter Kogo Noda (16:34)
PLUS: An essay by scholar Junji Yoshida


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 27th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 15

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (July 2019): Criterion present a new 4K digital restoration of Yasujiro Ozu's "The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice" on a new dual-layered Blu-ray. The 1.37:1 HD transfer has a very high bitrate. Notice how the once solid gray vertical stripes on the outfit now show 3 individual stripes? The clarity of the visuals are greatly improved in this 1080p transfer. It is also now apparent that the previous SD images were slightly squeezed, now showing a more realistic shape to most faces and bodies, without the convex stretching. Contrast is also deeply improved in this new transfer, showing much deeper black levels, and greater range of grays. Some scenes can look soft when compared to others, though the film looks to be in rather good shape, with hardly any damage to be seen.

A title card preceding the film states, "THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE Digitally Restored Version (Directed by Yasujiro Ozu / Produced by Shochiku Co., Ltd. / 1952) Restoration by Shochiku Co., Ltd."

Criterion include the film's original uncompressed linear PCM 1.0 audio in 24-bit. The score is thanks to Ichirô Saitô (Life of Oharu). Though I do not speak Japanese, the dialogue seems to be rather clear and intelligible, (while rather flat) on this linear track. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A'
Blu-ray from Criterion.

Criterion include Yasujiro Ozu's 1937 film, "What Did the Lady Forget?" (1080P, 17Mbps, 1:11:26.323, lossy Dolby audio, English subtitles, 11 chapters). This 71-minute film was the director's second sound picture and, as a satire of the Japanese bourgeoisie, is a precursor to many of the director's best-known social comedies, including "The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice". Director Yasujiro Ozu collaborated with screenwriter Kogo Noda on twenty-seven films, including "The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice", with the pair often working out of a small house in the mountains of Tateshina, Japan. "Ozu and Noda" is created by filmmaker Daniel Raim for the Criterion Collection in 2019, and explores their working relationship and writing process. The 16-minute piece features words from Daisuke Miyao, Ph.D. who is the author of "The Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting and Japanese Cinema". Next up is a 25-minute video essay from David Bordwell, author of 'Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema', and was shot by the Criterion Collection in 2019. There is a liner notes booklety with an essay by scholar Junji Yoshida.

Criterion's presentation of a new 4K digital restoration of Yasujiro Ozu's "The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice" on
Blu-ray should make a lot of Ozu fans very, very pleased. Not only do we get the feature but also his 1937 film, "What Did the Lady Forget?" as well as some other appreciated extras.

Colin Zavitz

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ON THE DVDs: NOTE: I added two comparison captures from the Panorama Region 3- NTSC edition. I think the Tartan has the edge, certainly in contrast (Panorama has a sepia tinge), but the most obvious failing of the Hong Kong disc are the weakly translated subtitles.

Gary Tooze

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A PAL-ified NTSC port from the Shochiku restored version, there are combing and ghosting issues.

The source appears to have been in a better condition than "Record of a Tenement Gentleman". There are no signs of scratches or damage, but the light still flickers and fades from time to time.

The image itself looks great. Details are good, even though at times a bit soft, blacks are solid and there are no signs of edge enhancement. The only artifact appears to be minute chroma noise.

The sound is likewise good. Still not a restored sound, but merely noise reduced, leaving a minute hissing sound throughout the track. Dialogue is clear.

Sadly, the only additional material is a restoration demonstration and photo gallery.
 

- Henrik Sylow 

 


Menus / Extras

 

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1) Tartan - Region 2- PAL - TOP
2) Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE
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1) Tartan - Region 2- PAL - TOP
2) Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE
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1) Tartan - Region 2- PAL - TOP
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Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Tartan - Region 2- PAL - TOP
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Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


Ghosting (combing) on the DVD

 

1) Tartan - Region 2- PAL - TOP
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Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


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