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THE MAKIOKA SISTERS

Japan, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Kon Ichikawa

"The Makioka Sisters" is based on one of the classics of Japanese literature, a family epic along the lines of "The Forsyte Saga" or, "The Magnificent Ambersons", by famous writer Junichiro Tanizaki The film chronicles the life and affairs of four sisters in 1920's.

Japan, depicting a cinematic tapestry of national traditions and family responsibility The Makiokas are an Osaka family who owe their social standing to their recently deceased father, a one time rich merchant who ended up in debt.

The two older sisters are married, while the unmarried younger sisters, Yukiko and Taeko, live with the second oldest. Problems arise when Yukiko and Taeko try to live a less restricted life, choosing their own men, while the more conservative elder sister, Tsuruko, wants to maintain tradition and authority.

Later, Tsuruko has to come to terms with her husband's wish to leave Osaka for Tokyo to help his career, and reluctantly she agrees to leave what has been her home since childhood.

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Japan, 1959
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THE WANDERERS

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THE TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILION

Japan, 1976
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DORA-HEITA

Japan, 1999
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