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The Makioka Sisters (1983)

Sasameyuki (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 30 December 1983 (USA)
The orphaned Makioka sisters look for a husband for their third sister, Yukiko, as the rebellious youngest sister, Taeko, is kept waiting her turn.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoshiko Sakuma Yoshiko Sakuma ... Sachiko Makioka
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Yukiko Makioka
Yûko Kotegawa Yûko Kotegawa ... Taeko Makioka
Jûzô Itami Jûzô Itami ... Tatsuo Makioka, Tsuruko's husband
Takenori Emoto Takenori Emoto ... Higashidani
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Itakura
Yonedanji Katsura Yonedanji Katsura ... Okuhata (as Kobeichô Katsura)
Michino Yokoyama Michino Yokoyama ... Itani (as Michiyo Yokoyama)
Miki Sanjô Miki Sanjô ... Ohisa
Taiko Shinbashi Taiko Shinbashi ... Mrs. Jinba
Kayoko Shiraishi Kayoko Shiraishi ... Restaurant owner
Kuniko Miyake ... Aunt Tominaga
Yukari Uehara Yukari Uehara ... Oharu
Akemi Negishi ... Mrs. Shimozuma
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Hashidera
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, and draws a parallel between their activities and the seasonal variations in Japan. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Drama | Romance

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The story spans the period from autumn, 1936, to April, 1941, ending about seven months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The novel references a number of contemporary events, such as the Kobe flood of 1938, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the growing tensions in Europe. See more »

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Taeko is clearly wearing a strapless bra when she's in the bathtub. See more »

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Version of Sasameyuki (1959) See more »

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A charming, beautiful film based on a great novel.
31 July 2001 | by gordon-31See all my reviews

One should first read The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki to better understand this film. It is a very great novel about the life of four middle-class sisters in Osaka, Japan in the 1930's. The book describes in great detail the many subtleties of life in Japan which a Westerner can miss understanding in the film. The film rather closely follows the book and is very beautifully photographed.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 December 1983 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Toho Eizo Co. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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