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One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

Subarashiki nichiyôbi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | June 1982 (USA)
During a Sunday trip into war-ravaged Tokyo, despairing Yuzo and optimistic Masako look for work and lodging, as well as affordable entertainments to pass the time.

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Akira Kurosawa
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Complete credited cast:
Isao Numasaki Isao Numasaki ... Yuzo
Chieko Nakakita ... Masako
Atsushi Watanabe Atsushi Watanabe ... Yamamoto
Zekô Nakamura Zekô Nakamura ... Dessert Shop Owner
Ichirô Namiki Ichirô Namiki ... Street Photographer
Toppa Utsumi Toppa Utsumi ... Street Photographer
Ichirô Sugai ... Yamiya, the black-marketeer
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Dance Hall Manager
Tokuji Kobayashi Tokuji Kobayashi ... Overweight apartment receptionist
Shiro Mizutani Shiro Mizutani ... Waif
Aguri Hidaka Aguri Hidaka ... Dancer
Midori Ariyama Midori Ariyama ... Sono, Yamiya's mistress
Katao Kawasaki Katao Kawasaki ... Bakery Owner
Toshi Mori Toshi Mori ... Apartment Superintendent
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Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako's optimism and belief in dreams is able to lift Yuzo from his realistic despair. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The film's climax was considered a failure in both Japan and the U.S. as audiences refused to clap for the lead characters, though supposedly it went over very well in France, gaining much audience participation. See more »

Quotes

Masako: All you people, applaud. All you young lovers, applaud for your dreams.
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It's painful not to have dreams
1 July 2013 | by lreynaertSee all my reviews

Akira Kurosawa's movies have a whole range of themes, be they set in contemporary or in historical eras. To name a few: the chasm between the rich and the poor, between the strong and the weak, between the courageous and the cowards, between the powerful and their foot folk, between the honest and the deceitful, between the clever and the idiots, between the sincere and the dishonest, and also, importantly, between war (destruction and loss) and peace (happiness).

In this movie, made just after WW II, he depicts the struggle for life of 'poor lovers', whose dreams were shattered by the war. Japan is in dire straits: no jobs, and, if you have a job, bad salaries; high rents for decent shelters and huge inflation. 'Free markets' are controlled by 'black' merchants and their thugs. There is still an upper class, which looks with contempt on those without money, their former foot folk. The girl remains optimistic, but her lover is deeply depressed.

Akira Kurosawa made some very risky shots on the music of F. Schubert's unfinished symphony. But, he had the mastery to create the perfect mood. Not to be missed and certainly not by A. Kurosawa fans.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonderful Sunday See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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1.37 : 1
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