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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 »

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

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 Noriko Sengoku
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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 was the first film made by star actress Kinuyo Tanaka after her triumphant months-long visit to the United States. Allegedly, Tanaka, from her recent contacts with Hollywood actors, was full of new ideas about acting, which she was not shy about sharing with her director, Ozu. The latter, who held his own very strong (and very un-Hollywood) ideas about acting, was reportedly not pleased by this, and relations between the two during filming were thus somewhat tense. 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 1950 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Las hermanas Munekata See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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