Down 2,079 this week

Equinox Flower (1958)
"Higanbana" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  June 1977 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 2,018 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 33 critic

A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.



(original story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

Related News

Venice reveals ‘restored’ selection
| ScreenDaily

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 01 Oct 2011
list image
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Nov 2012
a list of 25 titles
created 31 Aug 2013
a list of 29 titles
created 25 Apr 2014
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Equinox Flower" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Equinox Flower (1958)

Equinox Flower (1958) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Equinox Flower.
2 wins. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Late Autumn (1960)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa
Early Spring (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe, Teiji Takahashi
Good Morning (1959)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Shin Saburi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura
Early Summer (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Shûji Sano, Chieko Murata
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Chishû Ryû
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Setsuko is unhappily to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a bad drinking habit. She had always been in love with Hiroshi but both of them failed to propose when Hiroshi left for France a ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara


Credited cast:
Shin Saburi ...
Wataru Hirayama
Kiyoko Hirayama
Ineko Arima ...
Setsuko Hirayama
Fumiko Mikami
Keiji Sada ...
Masahiko Taniguchi
Teiji Takahashi ...
Shotaru Kondo
Miyuki Kuwano ...
Hisako Hirayama
Shukichi Mikami
Chieko Naniwa ...
Hatsu Sasaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Chimura ...
Ureo Egawa ...
Schoolmate Nakanishi
Gazan Hasegawa
Aiko Ikumi ...
Inn maid
Kentarô Imai ...
Station attendant
Masahiko Inoue ...
Station attendant


A business man is often approached by friends for advice and help regarding marriage as well as family and romantic relationships. He is always very calmly and objectively able to give great insight and assistance to these particular situations. However, when it comes time for him to be objective regarding his oldest daughter, he finds it very difficult... Written by Karl Engel <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


See all certifications »




Release Date:

June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Flor do Equinócio  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


This was Yasujirô Ozu's first film in color. See more »


Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Tender Comedy of the Mundane
27 July 2013 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The emptiness of the space in the very first images of "Equinox Flower" makes an impact on the viewer. An opening of this sort resembles those of Ozu's most famous films such as "Late Spring" and "Tokyo Story". However, soon we find out that "Equinox Flower" differs quite remarkably from these since it is essentially a comedy. In the first scene of the film Ozu instantly introduces the marriage motif -- a recurring subject in his oeuvre -- as two railroad workers are wondering the great amount of newly-weds. Only few artists have been able to establish a theme and set a tone, which are fully consistent with the rest of the work, so quickly yet still with such restraint and precision. Therefore, it is certain to the viewer from the start that what unfolds is the craft of a master.

At its heart, "Equinox Flower" is a tender comedy because it fluently combines two aspects, which too often appear as contradictory, the ironic and the melancholic. Striking is also the fact that the film is Ozu's first comedy in approximately two decades. One must go back to the silent days to find a benchmark. This choice of return seems to coincide with Ozu's new sympathy (though I use the word hesitantly) for the younger generation, whereas he so often has sympathized the elders. It seems to me that in "Equinox Flower" the lightness and hopeful attitude towards life, noticeable in Ozu's earlier films, merges with the Chekhovian wisdom and elegiac tone of his later oeuvre.

To an extent, "Equinox Flower" is a satirical treatise on the decline of parental and especially patriarchal authority in the Japanese family and society. However, Ozu is never hostile nor aggressive. He doesn't point out. He reveals. Although there are moments when Ozu lets us laugh at the protagonist's helplessness when trapped by his own outdated norms, Ozu never attacks on him. In addition to theme, Ozu's return to comedy also marked a turning point in his visual development because he used color for the first time, which later on became an inseparable element in his subsequent films. As a consequence, the world of colors in "Equinox Flower" is strikingly rich and precisely considered, leaving the viewer with several memorable and widely associative visual motifs.

"Equinox Flower" is in many ways what one might call a simple film. There's not much of a story going on, let alone action of any kind, nor surprising twists in plot. Nonetheless, the viewer (any viewer whether an admirer of Ozu or not) is left with a powerful impact by the rich simplicity of the visuals; and the utter beauty of details. Above all, "Equinox Flower" is purely based on Ozu's unique poetry of the mundane; a vital principle in his cinema.

Due to this simplicity, many western viewers have blamed, or at least explained their discontent, Ozu's films for a slow pace, but this criticism, however, doesn't really hit the mark because Ozu's films precisely create their own time in the poetic universe which differs from our world. In this rhythm or, in fact, Ozu's perception of time lies profound melancholy. The days go by, the clothes line dances in the wind, and emptiness prevails. In "Equinox Flower" the older generation remembers the war-time days, recalling especially its better times of carefree coexistence. In turn, such ideals as personal happiness and privacy threatened by the old, arranged, communal joy throb beneath the youth's dialogue. Ozu's characters are often aware of this melancholy -- human transience in the passage of time -- which brings sadness to their existence. A sensation that the old is about to vanish is always present, though so is the characters' ability to accept things as they are. As time is such an important theme for Ozu, his films can never be summed up with mere concepts such as "comedy" or "tragedy" since their (aesthetic) perspective is never restricted, but always reach to the most profound perspective of all, which is that of philosophy.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Equinox Flower (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: