Japanese Classics: “The Makioka Sisters”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 2 PM

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This lyrical adaptation of the beloved novel by Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for director Kon Ichikawa. Structured around the changing seasons, The Makioka Sisters follows four siblings as they run their family’s kimono-manufacturing business in the years before 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. Synopsis courtesy of Janus Films/Criterion Collection. (Dir.: Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1983, 140 min., 35mm, Japanese with English subtitles)

  • Venue: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Event Location: Meyer Auditorium
  • Cost: Free