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The Makioka Sisters (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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This lyrical adaptation of the beloved Japanese novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for world-class director Kon Ichikawa (The Burmese Harp, Fires on the Plain). Revolving around the changing of the seasons, The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-yuki) follows the lives of four sisters who have taken on their family’s kimono manufacturing business, over the course of a number of years leading up to the Pacific War. The two oldest have been married for some time, but according to tradition, the rebellious youngest sister cannot wed until the third, conservative and terribly shy, finds a husband. This graceful study of a family at a turning point in history is a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs, shot in rich, vivid colors.

Special Features

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Original theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Audie Bock


Product Details

  • Actors: Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yuko Kotegawa, Juzo Itami
  • Directors: Kon Ichikawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004S8021M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Makioka Sisters (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Lee on June 14, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I first saw this movie when it came to Seattle in 1985 or 1986. I had been interested in Japan for a few years and when I saw this film in the theater for the first time I was in high school. The film was so good I went back to the theater two weeks later and saw it again. It takes place before Japan entered WWII, but was already sending soldiers to China and South Korea. The story revolves around four sisters, the two eldest are married and they are taking care of the two younger sisters. They are trying to find a husband for the next youngest, and the youngest has a boyfriend who isn't liked because she eloped with him when she was just 16, and was promptly found by the police and returned home. The cinematography in this film is superb, so many shots are simply breathtaking and bring tears to my eyes. Of course the beauty of the homes and costumes as well. It is a somewhat serious film, but has its lighter moments. The film draws us into a world we may never be able to witness anywhere else. I felt I was indeed in 1930s Japan and in the very rooms the film takes place in. It does help to be somewhat familiar with Japanese culture or language to enjoy this film. My interest while in high school was enough to draw me in deeply. I still get emotional when I view the opening titles sequence, which was filmed at the height of the Spring cherry blossom bloom in Kyoto, at Heian Shine, it is such a beautiful scene. Also I fell in love with Sayuri Yoshinaga, who played the sister the older sisters were trying to find a husband for. She is still acting today, most recently in Kabei - Our Mother (2007). I can't recommend this film enough for anyone interested in Japan. Now that it has finally been released in the USA on DVD and Blu-Ray, I'm ordering my copy today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Hertzberg on October 9, 2013
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The cinematography alone is worth the watch. This is a film adaptation of a well-known, highly revered novel and the casting of the sisters and their fellow life travelers was crucial to portray the subtleties inherent in the text. There is no disappointment here! The film does the novel proud. Like it's written counterpart, it is slow-moving and intricate. Beautifully crafted, beautifully acted, and gorgeous sets and costumes to finish off a fine production. Not to be missed.
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By Markus Eng on March 21, 2014
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I really enjoyed this adaptation to Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's novel! The cinematography captures the elegance of a bygone era. The story is not as prosaic a Yasujiro Ozu piece; however, it is still a dramatic work. Highly recommended for anyone drawn to the orient.
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By AJ Falski on February 25, 2014
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An older movie but with a visually colorful setting and good story which follows 3 traditional Japanese ladies and their growth..
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