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One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

Japan 109m, B&W
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Isao Numasaki, Chieko Nakakita,  Atsushi Watanabe

Set in post-war Tokyo, One Wonderful Sunday is a sentimental recounting of a day in the lives of a poor young couple who spend an eventful Sunday together wondering how they will ever be as happy as they once dreamt they would be before the war ruined their country. Throughout the day, the camera follows their mundane but increasingly desperate attempts to find an affordable apartment, to cheaply amuse themselves and to remain optimistic through it all. Despite the bleak reality of their situation, and the fact that all they have is each other, this seems enough to sustain them, and ultimately it is their heartfelt hopefulness which provides a glimmer of hope for their future together. As a reflection of post-war Japan, One Wonderful Sunday demonstrates of the power and importance of optimism in the country’s eventual renewal and prosperity (Klaus Ming January 2011).

3 comments on “One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

  1. Klaus

    Having thought about this film some more, and having spoken to a few people about it today, i’ve come to realize what an amazing film this is. In particular, the couple’s pleads for audience support is an astonishingly powerful moment in cinema history. I can only imagine how this scene must have played out in theaters in Japan.

  2. Hoosier X

    I’m a big Kurosawa fan, and I hope to see all of his films eventually. I’ve seen everything he made after 1948 except Dreams. One Wonderful Sunday is available on Amazon Prime (if you get a channel called Filmbox), so I finally saw it today! Oh yeah, I love it! Especially the way Kurosawa uses Western classical music throughout. Especially the use of music from Carmen! That always gets extra points! I get the feeling that Kurosawa hit the ground running as a director because the early film I’ve seen are just SO GOOD! I’ve seen No Regrets for Our Youth and Drunken Angel and Stray Dog and he knew what he was doing so early on! Filmbox also has The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail, which I hope to see in the next few days.

    • Klaus

      It’s been years (literally) since I binged watched most of Kurosawa’s films. Your post has me thinking it’s about time to revisit them – thanks 🙂

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