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The Makioka Sisters (1983)
"Sasame-yuki" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  30 December 1983 (USA)
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Keiko Kishi ...
Tsuruko Makioka
Yoshiko Sakuma ...
Sachiko Makioka
Sayuri Yoshinaga ...
Yukiko Makioka
Yûko Kotegawa ...
Taeko Makioka
Jûzô Itami ...
Tatsuo, Tsuruko's husband
Kôji Ishizaka ...
Teinosuke, Sachiko's husband
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ...
Hashidera
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Itakura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takenori Emoto ...
Higashiya
Jun Hamamura ...
Otokichi
Jun Hashizume ...
Soldier
Akiji Kobayashi ...
Seitaro Jinba
Kazuya Kosaka ...
Nomura
Kuniko Miyake ...
Tominaga's aunt
Akemi Negishi ...
Mrs. Shimozuma
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, and draws a parallel between their activities and the seasonal variations in Japan. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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perhaps it needs a second viewing
3 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This elegant domestic drama unfortunately offers little to viewers not already attracted to Japanese culture and tradition. The writing is sensitive; the photography is beautiful; but once the plot lines are clear don't expect many surprises.

The story involves a pair of formality-bound wives attempting to uphold etiquette by arranging marriages for their more modern (and thus less willing) younger sisters. And because the film is set during the halcyon days just prior to World War Two, it presumably ends with an elegiac parting glance at the passing of a more refined age.

Postscript: the all-too brief impressions above were gleaned from a single, incomplete screening during the film's brief theatrical run at the Opera Plaza Cinema complex in San Franscisco, way back in 1986 (three years later, I would be in the same small theater when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit). Now (certainly) older and (possibly) wiser, I would like the chance to re-evaluate it...


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