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Higanbana (1958)

A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Ton Satomi (original story), Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Shin Saburi ... Wataru Hirayama
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Kiyoko Hirayama
Ineko Arima ... Setsuko Hirayama
Yoshiko Kuga ... Fumiko Mikami
Keiji Sada ... Masahiko Taniguchi
Teiji Takahashi Teiji Takahashi ... Shotaru Kondo
Miyuki Kuwano ... Hisako Hirayama
Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Mikami
Chieko Naniwa Chieko Naniwa ... Hatsu Sasaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Chimura Yôko Chimura ... Nurse
Ureo Egawa Ureo Egawa ... Schoolmate Nakanishi
Gazan Hasegawa Gazan Hasegawa
Aiko Ikumi Aiko Ikumi ... Inn maid
Kentarô Imai Kentarô Imai ... Station attendant
Masahiko Inoue Masahiko Inoue ... Station attendant
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Storyline

A business man is often approached by friends for advice and help regarding marriage as well as family and romantic relationships. He is always very calmly and objectively able to give great insight and assistance to these particular situations. However, when it comes time for him to be objective regarding his oldest daughter, he finds it very difficult... Written by Karl Engel <cassiel@ix.netcom.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fleurs d'équinoxe See more »

Filming Locations:

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)
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This was Yasujirô Ozu's first film in color. See more »

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Referenced in Ikite wa mita keredo - Ozu Yasujirô den (1983) See more »

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Home, Sweet Home
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Life as Arranged
14 September 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Ozu is such a pleasure, a quiet one, meditative.

The story here is about lives, whether they are arranged and what agency we have in arranging them. Many viewers will suppose that the topic was chosen because of some desire to make a comment about Japanese society.

No, its because the filmmaker had turned introspective in his later years. His films are characterized by the way the shots are composed. Each one is a matter of absolute perfection. The perfection is so complete, you have to stop and study. You have to rerun certain scenes to see how amazingly the components arrange. He is the ultimate classical Japanese composer. Sometimes you see that the sets must have been especially built for one setup. Pure geometries and symmetries dominate. The camera is always static.

The effect is that what you see has nature. Its natural, human. It flows in much the same languid, undramatic way that life does around us. But what we see is that flow in a highly composed context. Every element in that context naturally occurs but seems to have found its own harmony to please the eye of the viewer. Its the cinematic Japanese garden.

There's a subtle thing here. Ordered nature presented so that the human composition seems so in tune with nature that we love it. But it is arranged. It is pure and unnatural too, sort of abstractly sublime.

This viewer is a Westerner who works with Japanese concepts of ideal, natural harmony. Watching this makes me cry with a pleasure that avoids being joy.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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