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Equinox Flower

Equinox Flower (1958)


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Equinox Flower (Higanbana) is one of the most lighthearted of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu's "home dramas." Motivating the plot is a young girl's impulsive decision to marry. The girl's father had always expected that his daughter would first ask his permission to be wed, and indeed wait until he'd chosen her husband for her. After all, it is not only family tradition, but a cultural "must". But this is the 1950s, and the girl proceeds with her plans on her own volition. Dad's anger and


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Yasujiro Ozu, Kgo Noda

Jun 12, 2007

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One of Ozu's least dark comedies, which is not to say that it's carefree, but, rather, that it's gentle and amused in the way that it acknowledges time's passage, the changing of values and the adjustments that must be made between generations.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This 1958 film by Yasujiro Ozu (his first in color) is gentle, spare, and ultimately elusive, in a quietly satisfying way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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it tells truths but lacks the typical Ozu impact.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

Ozu demonstrates that he can adjust readily with a Technicolor palate to present a warm family drama that moves as steadily as one of his signature trains

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Yasujiro Ozu's first film in color is his usual engaging family drama.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Equinox Flower was Ozu's first color film. He was reluctant to do it, but he shouldn't have been. He handles the addition so well. The colors really do join every scene together. Equinox Flower deals with one father's hypocritical view of love and marriage. It begins at a wedding where Hirayama makes a speech to his friend's daughter. He says how lucky they are to be able to choose their own partner. He does this in front of his wife in a very awkward moment. Hirayama and Kiyoko's relationship is interesting. They make their marriage work, even if there wasn't love there at first. They work together and never feel that they are trapped in this relationship. Despite his new world views during this wedding, once his daughter announces she wishes to marry a man, Hirayama is opposed. His hypocritical views are the cause of much comedy. He is also forced to face his prejudices as he finds a daughter of an old friend who has run away to be with her struggling musician boyfriend. Hirayama is supportive of everyone but his own daughter. Again though, with Ozu's eloquence, Hirayama is not a villain. It is understandable that he has different views concerning his own daughter. A group of men sit around and discuss the differences between sons and daughters. The growth of the whole family is well plotted and emotional. It's another wonderful and gentle deconstruction of Japanese family values.
September 21, 2011

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ozu's first color film not only brought an insurgence of popping colors and lights into his art direction, but it brought a new wave of thinking as well. ozu's work up until this point had been more focused on traditional japanese family values and the younger generations responsibility to their elders. in this film we see a shift in ozu's thinking where he engages in the more emerging and progressive cultural leanings of allowing more freedom and respect to younger people. although many people grow harder as they get older including some of the characters in this film, ozu himself softens and portrays the family in ways he hadnt done until now. in the same way ozu had resisted color in film until this movie, and then he used color vibrantly to the fullest of its potential. the film itself started far too slow, but it picked up and ended well and deserves an added measure of respect because of what it meant for ozu's career. a great film.
May 4, 2009
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[font=Century Gothic]"Equinox Flower" starts with a businessman, Wataru Hirayama(Shin Saburi), giving a toast at a wedding reception, celebrating the young couple's love over his own arranged marriage, right in front of his wife(Kinuyo Tanaka). He misses an old friend(Chishu Ryu) who was not at the wedding because he could not face such a happy celebration with his daughter(Yoshiko Kuga) shacking up with another man and working at a bar on the Ginza. On the home front, they are busy contemplating possible matches for their older daughter, Setsuko(Ineko Arima)...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]With "Equinox Flower," Yasujiro Ozu takes another poignant look at the workings of the family with an emphasis on the changing state of marriage in Japan. Like most of his other movies, it sneaks up on the viewer but it is also a little too long. I was surprised to see arranged marriage as a viable option at this date, with the social standing of one's family being so important in choosing a possible spouse for one's children. Hirayama's conflicted state comes from wanting his daughter to be happy, in terms of the best possible husband, which is understandable as how marriage is theoretically forever, but he also manages to cross the line on occasion. But as old fashioned as some of the characters are, the movie is ahead of its time in a couple of matters including an unmarried couple living together and a very, very pointed question that is asked of Setsuko by her father. [/font]
February 27, 2008
Walter M.

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