The Makioka Sisters

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This familial drama, from the respected Japanese director Ichikawa, chronicles the intertwining lives of four wealthy sisters who have inherited money from their late parents' shipbuilding business. Kishi and Sakuma are the older siblings, now married, who are determined to see the final two, Yoshinaga and Kotegawa, betrothed as well. However, Kishi and...read more

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This familial drama, from the respected Japanese director Ichikawa, chronicles the intertwining lives of four wealthy sisters who have inherited money from their late parents' shipbuilding business. Kishi and Sakuma are the older siblings, now married, who are determined to see the final

two, Yoshinaga and Kotegawa, betrothed as well. However, Kishi and Sakuma's plans for their sisters don't fit in with the younger girls' dreams and ideas. Yoshinaga is a shy young lady who turns down all would-be husbands for one reason or another, while Kotegawa shames the family by dating men of

a lower social class. Ichikawa, adapting his story from a popular work of Japanese literature, takes what essentially is a soap opera plot and makes it something special with his cinematic style. His use of editing parallels the domestic situation within sequences, divulging information slowly

until the entire picture, both literally and figuratively, is finally revealed. Black-and-white shots are used effectively during character flashbacks, with an offscreen narration accompanying the images until a return to color places the action back in the story's current time frame. By balancing

the comic and the serious within the story, Ichikawa creates a realistic ambience, one enhanced by the collective talents of a fine ensemble. (In Japanese; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This familial drama, from the respected Japanese director Ichikawa, chronicles the intertwining lives of four wealthy sisters who have inherited money from their late parents' shipbuilding business. Kishi and Sakuma are the older siblings, now married, who… (more)

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