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The Makioka Sisters (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Audie Bock
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The conflcit here is quiet.the sisters are to marry in order of age. The two eldest sisters have married but the rebellious fourth sister is stuck. Sister number 3 is shy, timid and unable to make a connection with any man.
Reading the reviews I cannot argue with the criticisms of this film. While the film is set in 1930's Japan it was made in 1982 and the synthesized film score reflects that. It does not bother me and in fact being nostalgic for the 80s i embrace it much like the synthesized score to Educating Rita. I cannot also argue with the argument that not much really happens here. The sisters are wealthy and the are plagued by "rich people" problems. As a character study it is interesting how none of these women would consider themselves bad people even though ther are by today's standards awful to their servants and disconnected from reality. This however was their world - time of Kimonos, the emperor, and a social structure that has fallen away. I couod easily see where someone would be bored with this film however I enjoyed it immensely. I just wish my Japanese was strong enough to pick up all the nuiances in the dialogue.
The four sisters, who live together in the same household, appear to be about 15 years apart in age from the youngest to the oldest with the youngest being outspoken and rebellious while the oldest is very traditional and old-fashioned. The film covers developments in each of their lives as well the relationship between them.
It does have the traits of a Jane Austin novel, a little bit like a soap opera and a typical Japanese family drama with a traditional and well-mannered flavor that reminds me of Ozu. The idea of a costume drama also comes to mind. If you are a student of Japan and Japanese film it's an important addition to your collection. Criterion has done a great job, as usual.
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Very good movie if you are interested in Japanese culture. Very slow story line but interesting study of upper class JapanPublished 2 months ago by Carey C. Covey
This classic of Japanese film is worth watching, if only for the beautiful cinematography and the fascinating portrait of life in upper-class Japan in the late 1930's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phelps Gates
Lush and mournful. Might be a little slow for western tastes but if you can go with it you will find yourself amply rewarded. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. Andrew Elphick
The quality of the reproduction of the film is as good as one can expect.Published 12 months ago by Moon Rabbit
Fine performances. Cherry blossoms and the kimonos were breath taking.Published 13 months ago by C Pashby
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