• Japan
  • 1947
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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This affectionate paean to young love is also a frank examination by Akira Kurosawa of the harsh realities of postwar Japan. During a Sunday trip into war-ravaged Tokyo, Yuzo and Masako look for work and lodging, as well as affordable entertainments to pass the time. Reminiscent of Frank Capra’s social-realist comedies and echoing contemporaneous Italian neorealism, One Wonderful Sunday touchingly offers a sliver of hope in dark times.

Cast

YuzoIsao Numasaki
MasakoChieko Nakakita
YamamotoAtsushi Watanabe
Dessert shop ownerZeko Nakamura
Yamiya, the black marketeerIchiro Sugai
Dance hall managerMasao Shimizu

Credits

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