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The Makioka Sisters -- This lyrical adaptation of the beloved novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for director Kon Ichikawa.

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Director:
Writers:
Shin'ya Hidaka (writer)
Kon Ichikawa (writer)
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Release Date:
30 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Miki Sanjô ... Ohisa
Nobuko Sendô ... Hashidera's daughter
Taeko Shinbashi ... Mrs. Jinba
Kayoko Shiraishi ... Restaurant owner
Fujio Tokita ... Igarashi
Kazunaga Tsuji ... Miyoshi
Yukari Uehara ... Oharu
Michiyo Yokoyama ... Itani
Takao Zushi ... Otokichi's son
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Directed by
Kon Ichikawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ya Hidaka  writer
Kon Ichikawa  writer
Jun'ichirô Tanizaki  novel

Produced by
Kon Ichikawa .... executive producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Shinnosuke Okawa 
Toshiyuki Watanabe 
 
Cinematography by
Kiyoshi Hasegawa 
 
Film Editing by
Chizuko Osada 
 
Production Design by
Shinobu Muraki 
 
Production Management
Takahide Morichi .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Tetsuya Ohashi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kojiro Sahashi .... lighting technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sasame-yuki" - Japan (original title)
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140 min
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Version of Sasameyuki (1950)See more »

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2 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
perhaps it needs a second viewing, 3 December 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

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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