A little bit Roy Andersson, a little bit Little Miss Sunshine, The Taste of Tea is a strange fruit in the most complimenting way possible, and criminally underrated for its pure brilliance.
In a perfectly bizarre yet tranquil world of rural Japan, a motley crew of eccentric family and friends go through different chapters in life while making spontaneously fun adventures of their own. Despite an overall unshowy, episodic storyline, The Taste of Tea manages to extract the most humanity and philosophy out of mundane existence while retaining an unmistakable Japanese identity.
From the little sister who sees a giant version of herself to the brother who goes out of his way for his new crush in school, The Taste of Tea approaches daily life with its own unique magical realistic touch, rich, breathtaking style, as well as an impressive ensemble that knows how to toy with emotion and tears from the audience. Highly recommended.