A story of six women from three different generations, each living their own journeys in their respective periods, spanning decades of dramatic changes in Japan from the 1930s to the present.

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Rin
Kyôka Suzuki ...
Kana
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Kaoru
Rena Tanaka ...
Midori
Yukie Nakama ...
Sato
Ryôko Hirosue ...
Kei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitsuru Hirata ...
Haruo Miyazawa (2009)
Ryôka Ihara
Yoshihiko Inohara ...
Haruo Miyazawa (1977)
Jun'ichi Kômoto ...
Kikuchi
Kyôko Maya ...
Rin's mother
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Rin's husband
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Endo
Takao Ohsawa ...
Kaoru's husband
Sansei Shiomi ...
Rin's father
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A story of six women from three different generations. In the 1930s, Rin is worried about her arranged marriage that her parents set up. Rin has three daughters: Kaoru - who tragically loses her husband in a car accident, Midori - a career woman who becomes shaken by a marriage proposal, and youngest child Sato. In the 1960s, Sato gives birth to Kana and Kei. In the present day, Kana is worried about becoming a single mother. Written by Anonymous

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Fine, sensitive generational drama
18 September 2011 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

FLOWERS is a skillful family drama spanning several generations, jumping between eras like flipping pages of a book. In 1936, Rin is young, about to enter into an arranged marriage, but uncertain if she has any other options in life. In 2009, the family observes her funeral, but a number of changes have altered the face of Japanese society. More than anything, it's a study of women over the years; some mores have changed, but most remain substantially the same.

FLOWERS is quite accomplished from a cinematic point of view. The time periods of the film are defined by the seasons. The springlike 30s are photographed in appealing black and white, the the expected sprays of cherry blossoms; the segments in the fifties and sixties favor Fuji-color reds and flowers in full bloom; and the 90s are set in winter snow, with a more somber color scheme.

Ultimately, the film is a portrait of a generation through the lives of its women, plotted in a genial, thoughtful pace that rarely flags for interest. Its only glaring failure is in the culminating montage, presented over a cloying version of "Have You Ever Been Mellow?" (sans Olivia Newton John). If you're going to see FLOWERS - and I recommend you do - you might want to reduce the volume until the montage finishes.

The key actresses provide appealing performances. Fans of Yukie Nakama, Ryoko Hirosue, Yu Aoi, Yuko Takeuchi, and Rena Tanaka (in by far her best role yet) will be pleased by the drama.


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