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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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Shin'ya Hidaka (writer)
Kon Ichikawa (writer)
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Release Date:
30 December 1983 (USA) See more »
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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  (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
Taiko Shinbashi ... Mrs. Jinba
Kayoko Shiraishi ... Restaurant owner
Fujio Tokita ... Igarashi
Kazunaga Tsuji ... Miyoshi
Yukari Uehara ... Oharu
Michino Yokoyama ... Itani (as Michiyo Yokoyama)
Takao Zushi ... Otokichi's son

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 Ôhashi .... sound (as Tetsuya Ohashi)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kojiro Sahashi .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Sasame-yuki" - Japan (original title)
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140 min
Black and White (flashbacks) | Color
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Version of Sasameyuki (1959)See more »


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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Where is this movie?, 8 September 2005
Author: greenridge10 from Northern California, USA

We saw this beautiful movie several years ago at a Pacific Film Archive showing. We had read the book and found the film followed it faithfully and was gorgeously photographed. We just wish we knew if and when it will ever be made available on DVD or videotape. It was a pleasure to see a film that depicts life in nearly modern Japan with realistic people and locations. We have seen so many "studied" and arty films or medieval Japan that this one has remained a favorite ever since. We were pleased when a beautiful copy of "The Leopard" was released last year and hope that something this classic and beautiful can be made available to viewers.

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