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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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Ichikawa and Tanizaki
16 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Makioka Sisters shows Ichikawa going back to one of the greatest 20th Century Japanese writers, Junichiro Tanizaki. Ichikawa had already directed, in the 1950s, a stunning adaptation of the Tanizaki novel The Key. The Key is an elliptical comedy about erotic fixation, with a lush visual style of saturated colors. The Makioka Sisters is a more subtle and delicate film, attuned as the novel was to the undercurrents running through the highly structured lives of the main characters. In some ways, the novel was Tanizaki's attempt to write a modern version of Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji, and Ichikawa seems to have understood this in his adaptation, which brings a great deal of low-key humor and psychological insight to the proceedings, all very much in the Genji style. Essential viewing.


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