Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters)
Sasame-yuki (Fine Snow)(Hosone yuki)(The Makioka Sisters) (1983)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 30, 1983
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2011
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David Fear
Time Out

Makes the melodramatic seem positively majestic.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Though the story unfurls slowly, Ichikawa directs with a lively step.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a fascinating look at Japanese tradition under the onslaught of modernism in a story of class consciouness and marriage.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

The Makioka Sisters is a Whartonian work of compassionate nostalgia tinctured with irony.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

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.

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Armond White
New York Press

A full-fledged exercise in the sensuality of genetic similarity and different shades of family sensibility.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
It is Osaka in 1938. Yukiko(Sayuri Yoshinaga) is inquiring about the state of the money left to her by her late parents which her older sister Sachiko(Yoshiko… More