Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters)
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Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters)
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 recreating the Golden Age of the Japanese Film, another world gone. A four season chronicle of Jane… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Makes the melodramatic seem positively majestic."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Though the story unfurls slowly, Ichikawa directs with a lively step."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Offers a fascinating look at Japanese tradition under the onslaught of modernism in a story of class consciouness and marriage."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The Makioka Sisters is a Whartonian work of compassionate nostalgia tinctured with irony."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"A full-fledged exercise in the sensuality of genetic similarity and different shades of family sensibility."
‑ Armond White, New York Press