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The Munekata Sisters (1950)

Munekata kyôdai (original title)
Setsuko is unhappily married to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a drinking habit. She's always been in love with Hiroshi, but he left for France years ago without proposing. Now he is ... See full summary »


Yasujirô Ozu


Kôgo Noda (screenplay), Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Setsuko Munekata
Hideko Takamine ... Mariko Munekata
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Hiroshi Tashiro
Sanae Takasugi Sanae Takasugi ... Yoriko Mashita
Chishû Ryû ... Tadachika Munekata
Sô Yamamura ... Ryosuke Mimura, Setsuko's husband
Yûji Hori Yûji Hori ... Maejima
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Jou Uchida, the Professor
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Sangin's master
Setsuko Horikoshi Setsuko Horikoshi ... Sangin's maid
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura ... Sangin's customer
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Mieko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Atsuko Ichinomiya Atsuko Ichinomiya
Noriko Sengoku


Setsuko is unhappily married to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a drinking habit. She's always been in love with Hiroshi, but he left for France years ago without proposing. Now he is back and Mariko (Setsuko's sister) tries to reunite them, although secretly she loves him too.

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This is the only Ozu film based on a serialized novel (written by Jirô Osaragi). It was a common practice in Japanese cinema at the time to adapt such novels for the screen. The director later recalled that he found the process of adaptation difficult. His usual practice was to create original scripts (invariably with his screenwriting partner Kôgo Noda after 1948), so he could tailor those scripts to specific actors he had in mind for the various characters. However, since the characters from the novel already existed, Ozu had to find actors to fit a conception that was not his, and he found this to be a challenge. This circumstance may be one reason why this film is one of the least well-regarded of Ozu's postwar films. See more »


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Underrated masterpiece!
4 November 2011 | by fa-oySee all my reviews

It might be one of Ozu's least known films, and quite different from his other ones too, but his techniques and masterful skills are still there.

I've had the privilege to watch his films chronologically, from "The Only Son" to the last film he made, so I can notice that there was a big change from his (in that time) previous film "Late Spring" to his subsequent one "Munekata Sisters" and practically different from his other previous ones in general. Although the subject matter in this film is more romantic and dramatic in comparison to his previous films, as I just mentioned, his filmmaking style remains the same, the static camera and his beautiful close-ups are still there. Also another interesting thing to say is that this film resembles Mizoguchi's themes, he could have easily done this one of his films if he'd had the chance.

I might get the readers bored for repeating myself, but you can rest assured this is another essential film from Ozu you surely should get your hands on if possible.

Also this may be the last time I review one of Ozu's films, not because I don't like his other films, but because you simply can't go wrong with him, you either get his filmmaking or not. If you get it, then you'll probably love most of his films; therefore, you should really watch all you can get from him.

My score: 9.2/10

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Release Date:

25 August 1950 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Las hermanas Munekata See more »

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1.37 : 1
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