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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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well-made Japanese flick that could have used more energy
3 July 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a gorgeous film to watch--you probably will never see a more beautiful view of Japan as you see of the wonderful cherry blossoms or Japanese Maples around Kyoto and Osaka. So, the cinematography is excellent. However, the story itself seemed awfully flat overall. The writing and acting was decent, but the film needed more energy, heart and a sense of humor for me to care more about the characters. Most of the characters would have surely benefited from a massive dose of this, as the way they were portrayed it was, at times, hard to for me to care about them or sustain my interest in the film. For example, the 3rd daughter (who was the one who repeatedly refused marriage proposals) was a bit of a cipher, as she didn't say very much and just used a lot of facial expressions instead of dialog. The youngest, though a little self-destructive, was probably the easiest to like or at least understand. And the two older sisters were very domineering but needed to be softened a little more--lest they seem too one-dimensional. A decent film, but that's all.


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