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Genre  Comedy, Drama
Music director  Kojun Saito
Language  Japanese
8.1/10 IMDb

Director  Yasujiro Ozu
Initial DVD release  August 1, 2001 (France)
Country  Japan
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Writer  Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu
Release date  1958
Based on  novel by Ton Satomi
Cast  Shin Saburi (Wataru Hirayama), Kinuyo Tanaka (Kiyoko Hirayama), Ineko Arima (Setsuko Hirayama), Yoshiko Kuga (Fumiko Mikami), Keiji Sada (Masahiko Taniguchi), Teiji Takahashi (Shotaru Kondo)
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Equinox Flower (彼岸花, Higanbana) is a 1958 color Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. The film is based on a novel by Ton Satomi. The film won the 1958 Blue Ribbon Award for Fujiko Yamamoto's performance as Best Actress.


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Equinox Flower movie scenes

Wataru Hirayama (Shin Saburi) is a wealthy Tokyo businessman. When an old schoolmate Mikami (Chishū Ryū) approaches him for help concerning his daughter Fumiko (Yoshiko Kuga), who has run off owing to a conflict with her father, he agrees. Finding her in a bar where she now works, he listens to her side of the story. Fumiko complains that her father is stubborn, insisting on arranging her marriage, whereas she has now fallen in love with a musician and is adamant to lead life her own way.

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One day during work, a young man named Masahiko Taniguchi (Keiji Sada) approaches Hirayama to ask for the hand of his elder daughter, Setsuko (Ineko Arima). Hirayama is extremely unhappy that his daughter has made wedding plans on her own. He confronts her at home, during which he blows his top, and rules that she must remain locked at home until she sees the folly of her ways. Hirayama tries to find out more about Taniguchi from his subordinate.

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Owing to the standoff, his daughter's friend Yukiko (Fujiko Yamamoto) tries a ruse in which she asks Hirayama's opinion concerning a similar situation – her mother forcing her to marry someone she didn't like. When Hirayama advises her to ignore her mother, Yukiko reveals it is all a setup and states that Hirayama has just given his consent to Setsuko's marriage.

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Hirayama's wife Kiyoko (Kinuyo Tanaka) tries unsuccessfully to make him change his mind. She accuses her husband of being "inconsistent". Even his younger daughter Hisako (Miyuki Kuwano) is on the side of her sister, finding her father too old-fashioned. Finally, after the couple's insistence on getting married, Hirayama decides to give in by attending his daughter's wedding.

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After the wedding, Mikami reveals that he, like Hirayama, has agreed to let his daughter select her own marriage partner. After going for a short business trip outside Tokyo, Hirayama decides to visit the newly-weds at Hiroshima by train, where Taniguchi is stationed by his company.


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It is Yasujirō Ozu's first film in color while Japan's first color film, Keisuke Kinoshita's Carmen Comes Home, had been released in 1951. Ozu chose Agfa film from Germany over Kodak or Fujifilm, as he felt that it conveyed red colors better. The meaning of "equinox flower" or "higanbana" of the title is the red Lycoris.


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  • Shin Saburi - Wataru Hirayama
  • Kinuyo Tanaka - Kiyoko Hirayama
  • Ineko Arima - Setsuko Hirayama
  • Miyuki Kuwano - Hisako Hirayama
  • Yoshiko Kuga - Fumiko Mikami
  • Chishū Ryū ... Shukichi Mikami
  • Fujiko Yamamoto - Yukiko Sasaki
  • Keiji Sada - Masahiko Taniguchi
  • Teiji Takahashi - Shotaru Kondo
  • Fumio Watanabe - Ichiro Nagamura
  • Nobuo Nakamura - Toshihiko Kawai
  • Ryūji Kita - Heinosuke Horie
  • Critical reception

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    Equinox Flower garnered 88% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.4/10. Dave Kehr praised the film as "gentle, spare, and ultimately elusive, in a quietly satisfying way."

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    Equinox Flower received four votes in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll of the world's greatest films.

    Home media

    In 2011, the BFI released a Region 2 Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray + DVD). Included with this release is a standard definition presentation of There Was a Father.


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