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One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

Subarashiki nichiyobi (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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Kurosawa admitted to basing the film off of a D.W. Griffith film he had seen as a child, Isn't Life Wonderful (1924). See more »

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Masako: All you people, applaud. All you young lovers, applaud for your dreams.
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unusual capra-esquire film
21 June 2005 | by sryder-1See all my reviews

This film provides an interesting counterpoint to other Kurosawa films. Its portrayal of post-war Japan recalls Stray Dog, but the poverty and sleaziness in this case are used as the background for a romance between two very attractive young people, who have a Sunday date, but only 35 yen to spend. Yet there is not the gloom of Lower Depths. Both have jobs and we see his minimally decent rental room. The title seems throughout the film to be rather ironic, since most of the situations they encounter, such as being cheated at a snack bar, are far from wonderful. However, Kurosawa puts a positive spin at the conclusion. I agree with another reviewer that the device of having the girl speak to the audience, seeking our sympathy for young couples without money, who wish to marry, is a very awkward device that distracts from our interest in the relationship. However, I disagree with another reviewer who describes the ending as corny: we've all heard of Capra-corny. This film does not come up to Capra's level, but it is reminiscent of his human interest. It seemed to me that the closing device of the girl's making a date for the next Sunday works very well. Every film needs closure, and this one does not deal in high drama at any point, so a highly dramatic climax would not be appropriate. The viewer who wants that should go to Ran or Kagemusha. In my view, the early Kurosawa films showed him how to develop human relationships: a gift that later would be present in the samurai films, and would make them much more than action epics.


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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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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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