Archive of films Equinox Flower / Higanbana

Japan
1958, 118 min

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
Year: 2003

When a suitor asks his potential father-in-law for his daughter´s hand, the once liberal father begins to despotically assert his will. Ozu further develops a theme from the fifties - the breakdown of traditional paternal authority, here executed with pathos within an ironic framework.


Synopsis

A businessman named Hirayama brings fatherly authority to bear, not only regarding his two daughters, but also in the capacity of advisor for generation gap conflicts involving an ex-schoolmate and family friends. But when his older daughter´s suitor asks his permission to marry her, he forgets his wise proclamations and despotically asserts his will. In the end, the women around him moderate his disagreement through diplomatic manipulation, but the father doesn´t achieve a complete reconciliation with his independent daughter until the very end. Despite the fact that the story takes place in summer, the atmosphere corresponds with the autumn when the equinox flower of the film´s title blooms. Ozu further develops a theme from the fifties - the breakdown of traditional paternal authority, here executed with ironic pathos.

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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
   
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay: Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu
Dir. of Photography: Yuharu Atsuta
Music: Takanobu Saito
Editor: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Producer: Shizuo Yamanouchi
Production: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Cast: Ineko Arima, Yoshiko Kuga, Fujiko Yamamoto, Miyuki Kuwano, Nobuo Nakamura, Chishu Ryu, Chieko Naniwa
Contact: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
   
www: www.shochiku.com/film
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