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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.
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Audie Bock
This film bears no meaningful resemblance to one of the greatest of Japan's 20th century novels - I was shocked at how poor this was. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Sammy B.
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The Makioka Sisters is based on the classic Japanese novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. Read more