In a Cup of Tea
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty ~ Henry David Thoreau
"In a Cup of Tea";
Kobayashi's Award-Winning film won the Cannes Special Prize in the 1960s. This is the film Trailer: -
The tea story lies at the end of the film.
"In a Cup of Tea" is adapted from Lafcado Hearn's Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs (1902).
A writer who is anticipating a visit from the publisher, keeps seeing faces in a cup of tea. He is writing a story about a samurai's squire who begins to see a face in his cup of tea. We only meet the writer at the story's end.
The film won the Palm D'or Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1965.
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The cup of spilled tea haunts the squire.
The squire sees the soul in his cup of tea. Eventually he drinks the tea with the image in it.
The soul about to be swallowed.
The meaning of the stories are left unexplained and is for the audience to determine. That the stories come from Japanese folk tales suggest a way to read such a story. All four stories are about the spirit world and the need to have a respect for the dead, the need to monitor personal behaviour and respect.
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Happy Tea Drinking!