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Equinox Flower (1958)

Higanbana (original title)
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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Cast

Credited cast:
Shin Saburi ... Wataru Hirayama
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Kiyoko Hirayama
Ineko Arima ... Setsuko Hirayama
Yoshiko Kuga ... Fumiko Mikami
Keiji Sada ... Masahiko Taniguchi
Teiji Takahashi ... Shotaru Kondo
Miyuki Kuwano ... Hisako Hirayama
Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Mikami
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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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


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Home, Sweet Home
Written by H.R. Bishop (uncredited)
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Discover 1950's Japan
11 December 2013 | by kpk10See all my reviews

This film is awash with rich color, much like those of Douglas Sirk in 1950s Hollywood - remarkable, given that this is Ozu's debut effort in color filmmaking. And the film is indeed very much of its time - 1958 and a transition to "contemporary" Japan. In the course of our protagonist's day he goes from an office, with its rows of "company men" toiling over paperwork in a modern high rise, to his traditional home with tatami mats. He sheds his Western clothes each evening by dropping them on the floor (for his wife to pick up) and transforming himself into the stern paterfamilias in his yukata.

This is a domestic tale of a man and the three (or four) young women he advises in matters of the heart. No King Lear, this is rather a Japanese "Father Knows Best - not". Travel gently to this non-ironic look at a Japanese family in the era of early "Mad Men", and let the color,time period,and Ozu's visual clarity carry you along.


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