7.1/10
125
2 user 2 critic

Chizuko's Younger Sister (1991)

Futari (original title)
Follows two sisters, one clumsy and ignored, the other a perfect child. After the latter dies in an accident, she returns as a ghost to guide her little sister.

Director:

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writers:

Jirô Akagawa (novel), Chiho Katsura
Reviews
10 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Through supernatural intervention, their minds and bodies are switched, and the result... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Toshinori Omi, Makoto Satô
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Tomoyo Harada, Ryôichi Takayanagi, Toshinori Omi
Sada (1998)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The film follows the life of Sada Abe, who became a celebrity in 1936 after strangling her lover and slicing off his penis.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Tsurutarô Kataoka, Norihei Miki
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Kiwako Harada, Riki Takeuchi, Noriko Watanabe
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Harada is a successful scenario writer, and his best buddy has just announced an intention to propose to Harada's ex-wife. Recovering from the shock, Harada indulges in melancholy, mainly ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Morio Kazama, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Tsurutarô Kataoka
Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mitamura Yuka (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is a normal shy middle school student that has psychic powers. When a new student with similar powers begins to show his skills, by stealing the student ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Ryôichi Takayanagi, Masami Hasegawa
House (1977)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba
Lonelyheart (1985)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Lonely and love-struck, high-school student Hiroki pursues one girl but another one mysteriously appears in his life. Is she a figment of his lonely psyche, or real? An intricate triangle ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Yasuko Tomita, Toshinori Omi, Yumiko Fujita
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It is 1965. High-school student Takeyoshi Fujiwara Yasufumi Hayashi) hears "Pipeline" by the Ventures, and is mesmerized by their unique sound. With three friends, he forms a band called "... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Ryo Amamiya, Aiko Asano, Tadanobu Asano
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Komori Tiaki is a budding tennis student, however one day in training her coach hits the ball into her eye accidentally. She is taken to hospital but is advised that she will never regain the sight in her eye.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Jô Shishido, Nagisa Katahira, Shingo Yamamoto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Stars: Hans Hirschmüller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Jun Fubuki, Tomoyo Harada, Ishirô Honda
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida ... Mika Kitao
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima ... Chizuko Kitao
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Tomoya Kaminaga
Tomoka Shibayama Tomoka Shibayama ... Mako Hasebe
Wakako Shimazaki Wakako Shimazaki ... Keiko Nakanishi
Noriko Nishiyama Noriko Nishiyama ... Drama Club Captain
Yuri Nakae Yuri Nakae ... Mariko Maeno
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Mariko's mother
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie ... Mako's mother
Etsuko Nami Etsuko Nami ... Teacher
Hiromi Oda Hiromi Oda ... Classmate
Sachika Takahashi Sachika Takahashi
Mitae Nagata Mitae Nagata
Hitomi Nakamura Hitomi Nakamura
Yukari Yabe Yukari Yabe
Edit

Storyline

Follows two sisters, one clumsy and ignored, the other a perfect child. After the latter dies in an accident, she returns as a ghost to guide her little sister.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chizuko's Younger Sister See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

More Obayashi Weirdness
19 January 2015 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

You know you're watching a Nobuhiko Obayashi film if it's a coming-of- age (seishun) story set in the town of Onomichi, with cats, watermelons, pianos, bizarre effect work and the feeling of timelessness and nostalgia overlapping the entire thing. In some aspects, Futari (lit. The Two of Us, better known as Chizuko's Younger Sister) met my expectations and in others, it left me kinda bored at several scenes.

Futari is a touching movie about two sisters, Mika and Chizuko. Chizuko is a perfect child, while Mika is the opposite of her. Chizuko dies in an accident and reappears as a ghost, guiding her little sister. This movie is 2,5 hours long, so naturally, a lot more things happen, but this is basically the backbone.

Obayashi's fantastic sense of mise-en-scene and surreal, visceral imagery shines as in this one, as in the other films of his that I've seen. The indoor design shifts from Mika's messy room full of decorative colors to tidy, clear views of the rest of the house. However, even those stretches feel like personalized space, with papers and white hats hanging from the ceiling.

Obayashi probably never made a conventional movie in his life, and Futari is no exception. The story, adapted from Jiro Akagawa's novel, is at times very serious and a bit dark, but Obayashi transforms it into a carefree tale with plenty of humor. That isn't to say that there aren't atmospheric and slow moments. In fact, the movie feels like an amalgamation of various different styles. The film casually shifts from a race scene with strange Mario Paint effects and a strange soundtrack to accompany it, to a slow-paced conversation in the living room which lasts for several minutes without the actors moving at all.

Some scenes really do achieve greatness, such as Mika's performance of a Schumman piece, or the expressionistic opening scene which is later mimicked by the final one, however Futari is definitely undeserving of its runtime and several moments can be quite tedious. However, that's completely fine as long as there are sights such as Beethoven's 9th played on a ship with dimension-bending fireworks in the background, or the mentioned race scene where the runners enter a cave full of inexplicable and unpredictable creepy sounds which are never referred to again. Also, rapists in Onomichi apparently wear classy evening suits.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed