Friday, March 20, 2009
Non-ko (Nonko 36-sai kaji tetsudai) - Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (2008)
Maki Sakai stars as Nonko, an actress whose career is in shambles after her marriage to her manager ends in divorce. In an attempt to get her life back together she leaves Tokyo and returns to her hometown where she helps out with the daily chores at the local Shinto Shrine. It's there that she meets Masaru (Gen Hoshino), a young man who may hold the key to Nonko's happiness.
Equinox Flower - Yasujiro Ozu (1958)
The director of such classics as "Tokyo Story" and "Late Spring" was famously reticent to adopt new technology, but in 1958 Yasujiro Ozu finally gave in and directed his first full colour film, "Equinox Flower". Starring Yoshiko Kuga, Shina Saburi and Kinuyo Tanaka it tells the story of the daughter of a professional matchmaker who decides she's better off finding a husband by herself.