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Subarashiki nichiyôbi (1947)

Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako's... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Isao Numasaki ...
Chieko Nakakita ...
Atsushi Watanabe ...
Yamamoto
Zekô Nakamura ...
Dessert Shop Owner
Ichirô Namiki ...
Street Photographer
Toppa Utsumi ...
Street Photographer
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Yamiya, the black-marketeer
Masao Shimizu ...
Dance Hall Manager
Tokuji Kobayashi ...
Overweight apartment receptionist
Shiro Mizutani ...
Waif
Aguri Hidaka ...
Dancer
Midori Ariyama ...
Sono, Yamiya's mistress
Katao Numazaki ...
Bakery Owner
Toshi Mori ...
Apartment Superintendent
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Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako's optimism and belief in dreams is able to lift Yuzo from his realistic despair. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Kurosawa admitted to basing the film off of a D.W. Griffith film he had seen as a child, Isn't Life Wonderful (1924). See more »

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Masako: All you people, applaud. All you young lovers, applaud for your dreams.
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A truly beautiful film and criminally underseen
22 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Not one of my favourites from Akira Kurosawa- hard because he is one of cinema's greatest directors with a lot of great films- but when talking about his most underrated films One Wonderful Sunday would be a strong contender. A few scenes go on for a little too long, other than that there was not really anything that came across as wrong. Admittedly the ending is an odd one but also amusing and affecting, one of those endings that wasn't a problem for me but one also that will work for some and not so much for others. While not the most audacious visually of Kurosawa's films One Wonderful Sunday is still beautifully shot, going for the simple (but not simplistic) approach rather than one that, considering the tone of the film, could fall into overblown-style territory. Kurosawa's direction for so early on in his career directs more than capably, One Wonderful Sunday is different in a way for him- one of his most simple films for sure- but there is clear evidence of knowing how to direct with style and he seems to be very comfortable with it. The music when used fits very well and will please any listener. The writing is amusing and uplifting while also peaceful and poignant, and with the story there is a playful tone in places, a dream-like one in others and then there are a lot of scenes where it is endearingly sweet and has a lot of emotional impact. There is poverty as a theme but it's not used heavy-handedly at all. The acting is very good if not among the greatest performances of a Kurosawa film. Then again, you shouldn't expect that, and that is the same with the film too, even if it isn't one of Kurosawa's finest it does deserve to be judged on its own merits of which One Wonderful Sunday has a great many. Coming back to the acting, Chieko Nakakita is captivating right from her appearance to how she grabs the attention of the viewer even in the simplest of things. Overall, a beautiful film and deserves to be better known and seen much more than it is at the moment. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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