The Makioka Sisters The Makioka Sisters

The Makioka Sisters

Kon Ichikawa

 
The Makioka Sisters (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1983
  • 140 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #567

This lyrical adaptation of the beloved novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for director Kon Ichikawa. Structured around the changing of the seasons, The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-yuki) follows the lives of four siblings who have taken on their family’s kimono manufacturing business, in the years leading up to the Pacific War. The two oldest have been married for some time, but according to tradition, the rebellious youngest sister cannot wed until the third, conservative and terribly shy, finds a husband. This graceful study of a family at a turning point in history is a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs, shot in rich, vivid colors.

Credits

DirectorKon Ichikawa
ProducerKon Ichikawa and Tomoyuki Tanaka
ScreenplayShinya Hidaka and Kon Ichikawa
Based on the novel byJunichiro Tanizaki
Script consultantMatsuko Tanizaki
CinematographyKiyoshi Hasegawa
EditingChizuko Osada
Original music byShinnosuke Okawa and Toshiyuki Watanabe
Production designShinobu Muraki
Sound recorded byTetsuya Ohashi
Lighting byKojiro Sato

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Audie Bock

    New cover by Peter Mendelsund

Film Essays

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The Makioka Sisters: Of Love and Money

By Audie BockJune 10, 2011

Bringing Junichiro Tanizaki’s sprawling, elegiac historical novel The Makioka Sisters (1948) . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Makioka Sisters

By Michael SragowSeptember 26, 1993

Kon Ichikawa, director of the 1983 version of Junichiro Tanizaki’s novel, The Makioka Sisters, . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Makioka Sisters

June 23, 2011

Kon Ichikawa’s delicate domestic drama The Makioka Sisters is “the very epitome of understated . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_383_105_10-52-55_thumbnail

The Makioka Sisters: Of Love and Money

By Audie BockJune 10, 2011

Bringing Junichiro Tanizaki’s sprawling, elegiac historical novel The Makioka Sisters (1948) . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Makioka Sisters

By Michael SragowSeptember 26, 1993

Kon Ichikawa, director of the 1983 version of Junichiro Tanizaki’s novel, The Makioka Sisters, . . . Read more »