Always Sanchōme no Yūhi

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Always san-chōme no yūhi
Always Sanchōme no Yūhi.jpg
Theatrical poster for Always Sanchōme no Yūhi (2005)
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki
Produced by Chikahiro Ando
Keiichiro Moriya
Nozomu Takahashi
Written by Ryôhei Saigan (manga)
Takashi Yamazaki (screenplay)
Starring Hidetaka Yoshioka
Shinichi Tsutsumi
Koyuki
Maki Horikita
Kenta Suga
Kazuki Koshimizu
Tomokazu Miura
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Music by Naoki Sato
Cinematography Kozo Shibazaki
Edited by Ryuji Miyajima
Production
companies
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 5 November 2005 (2005-11-05)
Running time
133 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Always: Sunset on Third Street (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日, Ōruweizu: San-chōme no Yūhi) is a 2005 Japanese film co-written and directed by the Japanese filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki, based on Ryōhei Saigan's long-running manga Sanchōme no Yūhi. It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

In 1958, with the impending completion of Tokyo's TV broadcasting tower as a symbol of Japan's escalating post-war economic recovery, rural schoolgirl Mutsuko (Maki Horikita) arrives from the provinces to begin her first job with Suzuki Auto. Initially impressed by meeting company "president" Norifumi Suzuki (Shinichi Tsutsumi), Mutsuko is shocked to discover her workplace is actually a shabby auto repair shop in Tokyo's down-at-heel Yuhi district.

Suzuki is a bad-tempered employer but Mutsuko is welcomed by his wife, Tomoe (Hiroko Yakushimaru), and their impish 5-year-old son, Ippei (Kazuki Koshimizu). One of Ippei's favorite haunts is a five-and-dime store managed by struggling serial writer Ryunosuke Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka). Regarding now-successful writers like Nobel-prize winner Kenzaburo Oe, as overrated, Chagawa wants to be more than a hack churning out sci-fi yarns and selling cheap toys on the side.

When alluring newcomer Hiromi (Koyuki) opens a sake bar in the area, she gathers clientele quickly -- in dramatically compressed manga style -- but also finds herself lumbered with Junnosuke (Kenta Suga) the orphaned offspring of the bar's previous tenant. Drunk, and smitten by Hiromi, Chogawa accepts custodianship of the boy.

Reception[edit]

The film ranked 15th at the Japanese box office in 2005 [1], and won 12 prizes at the 2006 Japanese Academy Awards, including the awards for Best Film, Director, Actor and Screenplay. It also won the audience award at the 2006 New York Asian Film Festival.

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