Every Day a Good Day
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In 1993, 20-year-old college student Noriko (Kuroki Haru, who won Berlinale Best Actress for The Little House and voiced the lead in Mirai) begins taking lessons from sage tea-ceremony master Takeda (the late, great Kiki Kirin of Shoplifters and Mori, the Artist’s Habitat). Once a week, the klutzy and unsure woman enters a world of calm and ritual, where napkins are folded with exact grace and tea is prepared with heartful precision. As the seasons and years pass by, Noriko continually grows, fumbles, and falters in her life, but she always finds light conversation, exquisite sweets, and warm direction at Takeda’s tearoom.
Sa-do ("Way of Tea") reveals a way of life in director Omori Tatsushi’s elegant drama that cleanses the soul and eases the mind. Tea bowls, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings, and desserts change according to Japan’s striking seasons in divine harmony. In a tatami room that’s photogenic from any camera angle, filled with ASMR-worthy sounds of dripping water and whisking tea, the subconscious absorption of the art informs the process of understanding and appreciating oneself, day by day, little by little.