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Always - Sunset on Third Street (2005)
"Always san-chôme no yûhi" (original title)

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Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maki Horikita ...
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ...
Hiroko Yakushimaru ...
Kazuki Koshimizu ...
Kenta Suga ...
Masaya Takahashi ...
Kaga Mochimaru ...
Tôru Masuoka ...
The Theatre Manager
Takashi Matsuo ...
The Realtor
Hiroshi Kamido ...
The Postman
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
The Postman
Magy ...
The Butcher
Yôichi Nukumizu ...
The Bicycle Shopkeeper


Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by Norifumi Suzuki. Suzuki's hair-trigger temper is held somewhat in check by the motherly instincts of his wife, Tomoe, and his young son Ippei immediately bonds with Mutsuko as if she were his older sister. The Suzuki shop lies almost in the shadow of the Tokyo Tower as it rises steadily above the skyline during construction in 1958. Others in the neighborhood also are striving to better themselves as Japan continues to emerge from the shadow of war. Hiromi has just abandoned her shady life as a dancer to start a sake bar. Abandoned by his single mother, young Junnosuke is first handed off to Hiromi but she passes him off to Ryunosuke Chagawa, a struggling writer who runs a candy shop and only manages to sell adventure stories for boys as his serious novels continue to be rejected. Junnosuke is an avid ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama | Family


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5 November 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Always - Naplemente  »

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JPY 14,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The "Chagawa Ryunosuke" character is named after real-life author Akutagawa Ryunosuke. The Kanji characters of both names are nearly identical. See more »


Just before opening title, Ippei spins the propeller of his toy plane clockwise. When he releases the plane, the propeller is spinning clockwise. The propeller was powered by an elastic band - releasing it would cause the propeller to spin counter-clockwise. The error was noticed in post production but couldn't be fixed without re-shooting the entire continuous one-shot or re-doing the CGI. They decided to leave it in hoping no one would notice (though they revealed the goof in the director's commentary). See more »


Followed by Tsuneni: zoku san-chôme no yûhi (2007) See more »


Performed by D-51
Lyrics by Yasuhide Yoshida
Music and arrangement by IKUMA
Strings arrangement by Naoki Ôtsubo
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A wonderful movie film.
25 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It begins with a view from a young girl getting her grand dream of working in Tokyo and expands into such a complex story. A wonderfully written movie with a great story telling of humanity and lessons of life that everyone can learn from. It's a beautiful movie. Why isn't it here in the US??? I saw the movie en-route to Tokyo in March 2006. there were a lot of foreign films that are very well down, perhaps, American film makers should watch more foreign films and learn how to tell a story right. This movie alone worth my trip and I will always travel on China Airlines for it's good choice of movies. Movies like this should be imported more often. All actors done a good job. I have only cried about a movie twice before, this is the 3rd film made me cry!

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