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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 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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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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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)
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Stilted but excellent
15 December 2001 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

This is the first Ozu film I've seen, though I did see a film about him many years ago. Therefore, I am aware of Ozu's liking for a particular and eccentric camera angle, and his apparent preference for an acting style which is, depending on your point of view, understated, stilted or highly restricted. Ozu appears to like portraying what is perhaps the reality of a culture which values conformity.

Take a tip - adjust quickly to the apparently straightjacketed acting. This is an excellent cast, whose talent shines through even Ozu's iron hand.

And it makes the humour even more effective. I was astonished at just how much I, and the rest of the audience, laughed out loud at a few of the scenes. I find it difficult to simply convey why it works. Suffice to say Ozu is clearly a master of the slow buildup. There's a scene where the father takes one of his employees to a bar, to meet a girl who is the daughter of one of his friends. The girl has run away and cut off contact with her dad. The central character tries to get her to at least talk it over. The humour of this scene revolves around the acute embarrasment the junior employee feels, as a regular patron. Ozu milks this scene for every last laugh with a master's touch. Sounds dull as I've written it, right ? Well, on screen, it's a killer.

After this film, I'll look forward much more to my next Ozu.


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