Quirky Asian Cinema
At first glance the Harunos seem like a typical Japanese family living in the countryside. However, upon close inspection this family is a ragtag gang of eccentric characters. The mother Yoshiko (Takahiro Sato) is an animator trying to perfect her craft, while her husband Nobuo (Tomokazu Miura) is a professional hypnotist. Their daughter Sachiko (Maya Banno) is constantly plagued by a larger version of herself, while their son Hajime (Takahiro Sato) is infatuated with the new girl Aoi (Anna Tsuchiya from Kamikaze Girls). In addition, Yoshiko’s brother Ayano (Tadanobu Asano from Ichi the Killer) is a music producer who drops by to tell a strange childhood story involving eggs, poop, and tattooed gangsters. Lastly, there’s Grandpa (Tatsuya Gasuyin) who is an retired animator with rather eccentric habits, like making up love haikus about inanimate objects. Overall, Taste of Tea is an enjoyable romp through the quirky world created by writer/director Katsuhito Ishii.
Sang-Min is a total player who enjoys oogling women in any setting. Seo Bo-eun is an average 16 year-old girl whom everyone thinks is cute. While Seo Bo-eun’s grandfather is in the hospital he makes a dying request that she marry Sang-Min. Even though they have known each other since childhood, Seo Bo-eun is not attracted to Sang-Min and thinks he’s a perverted womanizer. However, to appease her grandfather Seo Bo-eun and Sang-Min agree to an arranged marriage. As soon as they are married Seo Bo-eun begins to lead a double love life. While Sang-Min spends their honeymoon alone hitting on women. Will this couple survive a loveless marriage? Or will it all end up in a hot mess? To find out watch My Little Bride a semi-unconventional romantic-comedy.