The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice - Cinematheque/Accent Restaurant





Ozu is widely considered to be one of the best directors in the world.  

His movies focus on middle class issues: family, jobs, marriage.  The stories are very simple and they are filmed in a very restrained, naturalistic manner.

Our group saw a few of his movies last year and opinion was sharply divided--Some of us thought they were poetic and emotionally moving and others thought they were profoundly boring!

His films require the viewer to be patient because not much happens. There are no "camera tricks" or major plot twists.  You will be immersed in Japanese life and culture: his characters are ordinary people living their lives at a particular place in the 1950's.  This film is in black and white with subtitles.


5:00 PM MOVIE at Cinematheque
Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.


Flavor of Green Tea over Rice--synopsis:

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. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

1 hr. 55 min.


7:30 PM After Movie Dinner/Discussion--Accent Restaurant

This is an Asian fusion restaurant. The decor is sleek, modern, comfortable. Their specialty is foods cooked on the "Robata Grill" and "Josper oven". A variety of soup and appetizers start at $5.00. See link for restaurant for additional details. We can walk there (if it is not raining).





Tips for improving the restaurant experience:

  • Let us know your dinner plans when you RSVP so that we can either save you a seat at the "Movie Group" table or plan to meet you at the movie.
  • Print out a map or enter the restaurant address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • We can't always split the checks so please bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • If you don't see us when you walk in, ask to sit with the "Movie Group".

The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.

In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.



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  • Grace

    I attached a picture of a typical Salmon over tea rice here:­]

    May 12, 2013

  • Grace

    Yes! Meeting Renu for my food, left my food in Renu's car and thank you Renu for driving out to bring my food...

    May 11, 2013

    • Renu

      no worries!

      1 · May 12, 2013

  • Renu

    This was Ozu's version of a romantic comedy. His view of life and all his characters is gentle, humane--all people have some goodness in them. This film was unusual for some laugh out loud moments. But, as Mick noted, Ozu is an acquired taste. Accent was enjoyable....unfortunately, they are refusing to do individual checks for even a small group of 7--in the future. Thanks to all who came...

    May 12, 2013

  • Nancy

    I had a great time. Neither the movie nor the restaurant is on my normal "radar," which makes me even more happy that I attended. I appreciate the friendly welcome from everyone; I hope we cross paths again.

    May 12, 2013

  • Vivian

    Another great meetup. I liked the movie, restaurant was awesome after a rocky start, and met even more new people who I thoroughly enjoyed.

    May 12, 2013

  • Grace

    Good food, needed remote to fast forward the movie!

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish they translated the folk songs.
    "The spring season / blows down petals / those petals sway in the wind / just as my heart sways"

    May 11, 2013

  • Mick

    A challenging film, but I'm glad I saw it. Excellent meal and conversation afterward. Thanks, Renu!

    May 11, 2013

  • Nancy

    Looking forward to my first meet-up experience!

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Looking forward to meeting a new member! :)

      May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry all-- I've had a change of plans this weekend. Hope to see you all again soon!

    May 10, 2013

  • Grace

    I can tell you this, green tea over rice is tasty with grilled salmon and seaweed and sesame on it...

    May 1, 2013

    • Renu

      Grace-you must have simple tastes! (the simple guy in this movie likes it too!)

      1 · May 1, 2013

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