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 byTakashi Yamazaki
Produced byChikahiro Ando
Keiichiro Moriya
Nozomu Takahashi
Written byRyôhei Saigan (manga)
Takashi Yamazaki (screenplay)
StarringHidetaka Yoshioka
Shinichi Tsutsumi
Maki Horikita
Kenta Suga
Kazuki Koshimizu
Tomokazu Miura
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Music byNaoki Sato
CinematographyKozo Shibazaki
Edited byRyuji Miyajima
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 5 November 2005 (2005-11-05)
Running time
133 min.

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] The film eventually spawned two sequels, Always Zoku Sanchōme no Yūhi (2007) and Always Sanchōme no Yūhi '64 (2012).

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, Chagawa accepts custodianship of the boy.


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.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Always: Sunset on Third Street Production Committee Members Translation by Google Translate". Google Translate.
  2. ^ "Awards for Always san-chôme no yûhi (2005)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-05.

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