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

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  June 1977 (USA)
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A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.



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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 <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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A Flor do Equinócio  »

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


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

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Equinox Flower (1958)
12 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Equinox Flower was Ozu's first color film. He was reluctant to do it, but he shouldn't have been. He handles the addition so well. The colors really do join every scene together. Equinox Flower deals with one father's hypocritical view of love and marriage. It begins at a wedding where Hirayama makes a speech to his friend's daughter. He says how lucky they are to be able to choose their own partner. He does this in front of his wife in a very awkward moment. Hirayama and Kiyoko's relationship is interesting. They make their marriage work, even if there wasn't love there at first. They work together and never feel that they are trapped in this relationship. Despite his new world views during this wedding, once his daughter announces she wishes to marry a man, Hirayama is opposed. His hypocritical views are the cause of much comedy. He is also forced to face his prejudices as he finds a daughter of an old friend who has run away to be with her struggling musician boyfriend. Hirayama is supportive of everyone but his own daughter. Again though, with Ozu's eloquence, Hirayama is not a villain. It is understandable that he has different views concerning his own daughter. A group of men sit around and discuss the differences between sons and daughters. The growth of the whole family is well plotted and emotional. It's another wonderful and gentle deconstruction of Japanese family values.

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