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The Makioka Sisters

Kon Ichikawa's 1983 film of the celebrated Tanizaki novel tells the story of four sisters in 1920s Japan, the elder two loyal to old traditions, the younger ones drifting toward Western lifestyles. As the foremost literary adapter of the Japanese postwar cinema (I Am a Cat, Fires on the Plain), 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. In Japanese with subtitles.



  • Kon Ichikawa


  • Keiko Kishi
  • Yoshiko Sakuma
  • Sayuri Yoshinaga
  • Yuko Kotegawa
  • Juzo Itami
  • Koji Ishizaka

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