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Subarashiki nichiyôbi (1947)

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 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 Numazaki Katao Numazaki ... 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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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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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Masako: All you people, applaud. All you young lovers, applaud for your dreams.
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Brilliant In Its Simplicity
30 July 2008 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

With this warm and uplifting film, the effect Kurosawa achieves is in the simplicity. The story is threadbare. Two lovebirds try to spend a Sunday together in post-war Tokyo and enjoy themselves with only 35 yen in their pockets. Kurosawa never ceases to amaze me because of his incredibly acute comprehension of the visual effects of a story. The simpler the story is, the more it becomes simply a day in their lives. The more it becomes a day in the life, the more upsetting we find the challenges facing them because of the Occupation and the crumbling economy at the time.

It's almost like a lightweight version of The Lost Weekend. There are no debilitating problems like alcoholism or writer's block. There are just obstructions and inconveniences with which the characters can either roll or stew around.

One Wonderful Sunday is a beautiful slice of life from a time that could be many different times in many different places. It's a peaceful movie about the peace that is always there for a given person, their journey being to find it. I have rarely seen a sequence so beautifully crafted on film as the two lovers in the empty, decaying concrete exterior auditorium, where one resolves to create the music they have been struggling to hear. There is hardly a handful of filmmakers living today that would think of such a thing. Kurosawa may have had the clearest, purest understanding of cinema out of any filmmaker.


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