Subarashiki Nichiyobi (One Wonderful Sunday) (1947)



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Akira Kurosawa directs this romantic comedy about a pair of lovers struggling to have a pleasant Sunday outing. A young laborer named Yuzo (Isao Numazaki) and his fiancée, Masako (Chieko Nakakita), meet at the train station on their day off. With the weather beautiful and only a scant 35 yen in their pockets, the two first visit a model house, where Masako imagines being a housewife. Then Yuzo plays baseball with some boys, resulting in the ball landing on a cookie shop display. After buying the two crushed cookies, they pop in on a floorshow without paying admission, and then go to the zoo. Later, a scalper beats up Yuzo for trying to haggle for the price. Afterwards, they go back to his cramped room where they almost succumb to amorous feelings. Instead, they go and get coffee, where Yuzo is forced to leave his raincoat to pay for the bill. Walking past some ruins, they image running their own coffee shop. Their wonderful Sunday comes to an end with Masako hopping back on the train just after making plans for the following week. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi


Midori Ariyama
as Sono Yamiya's mistress
Masao Shimizu
as Bar owner
Ichiro Sugai
as Yamiya the black marketeer

Critic Reviews for Subarashiki Nichiyobi (One Wonderful Sunday)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It's a carefully composed, elegant, sometimes prescient work, a small-scale love story set against a background of tumultuous social and political change.

Dec 6, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

It's like looking for footprints, tracking the master this apprentice was to become.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It's a 'little people' comedy in the Frank Capra vein

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A curious mixture of the striking and the woeful

Mar 14, 2010 | Full Review…

microcosm of the Japanese post-war experience

Jan 28, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The filmmaker at his maudlin worst.

Feb 3, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Subarashiki Nichiyobi (One Wonderful Sunday)


It went on too long and featured characters who I could not care about whatsoever despite the film's attempts to get me to feel sorry for them. The usage and depiction of post-war Japan is interesting, not interesting enough that it makes me want to like or rewatch this campy, melodramatic film. The ending is one that made me raise my eyebrow and then sigh in relief because I can go onto watching Kurosawa's next film--this first with Mifune--Drunken Angel.


Super Reviewer

Two young lovers go wandering around town on one wonderful Sunday, but the movie is more serious as it sounds as they think about their futures. I really enjoyed this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

a charming and severely underrated kurosawa film. a delightful romance, an easy atmosphere, and the symphony scene at the end was majestic. a bit slow mooving at points, but only because the film seeks to be genuine, and in my mind kurosawa accomplishes his purposes.

danny d
danny d

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