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Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters)

Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters) (1983)

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Heads turn as beautiful women in dazzling kimono glide through a cascade of cherry blossoms against a setting sun. Osaka, 1938, and four daughters of an old merchant family face all unknowing the end of a gentler way of life. Adapted from the classic novel by Junichiro Tanizaki - written as Japan burned around him during the War, even as he determined to preserve forever in his art a world he knew already lost - with director Kon Ichikawa (Burmese Harp, Fires on the Plain, etc., etc.) himself

Jun 13, 2011

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Makes the melodramatic seem positively majestic.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The Makioka Sisters is a Whartonian work of compassionate nostalgia tinctured with irony.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Ichikawa has always been a difficult director to pin down. His work here seems to inhabit a static, novelistic space, but the final result is personal and elegantly filled out.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Though the story unfurls slowly, Ichikawa directs with a lively step.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Well acted by a strong ensemble, The Makioka Sisters quietly, steadily (and almost imperceptibly as it happens) endears us to these women, investing us in their varied fates. [Blu-ray]

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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A full-fledged exercise in the sensuality of genetic similarity and different shades of family sensibility.

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
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Offers a fascinating look at Japanese tradition under the onslaught of modernism in a story of class consciouness and marriage.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters)

It is Osaka in 1938. Yukiko(Sayuri Yoshinaga) is inquiring about the state of the money left to her by her late parents which her older sister Sachiko(Yoshiko Sakuma) insists was meant to be her dowry. The youngest sister Taeko(Yuko Kotegawa) has similar concerns but is doing quite well with her doll business. Then, Tsuruko(Keiko Kishi), the eldest sister, arrives to inform them that Yukiko's latest suitor is no good since apparently his mother is mentally unwell. At least, Teinosuke(Koji Ishizaka), Sachiko's husband, likes the way she eats. All of that having been settled, the family repairs outside to look at the cherry blossoms.

Directed by Kon Ichikawa, "The Makioka Sisters" is an engaging, if overlong, chamber piece. To be fair, after at least two or three endings, everything clicks together with the last scene, encapsulating all that has gone before. This is set in a heremetically sealed world where the cracks are starting to show, not only with Taeko's modern ways in contrast to Yukiko's traditional manners, but also with the advent of several technologies including photography, telephones, airplanes and the radio that are meant to bring people closer together but are instead separating them even further, with the family suffering as a result. Then there is war which is the greatest harbinger of change, whose horrors are kept at a distance(more on this later) but whose effect is being felt through shortages. It also probably explains why it is so hard to find Yukiko a match, as most of the potential partners are in their 40's. And what does it say about a man at that age who has not married yet in a culture that so values marriage?
May 15, 2011
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