Always: Sunset on Third Street

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Always: Sunset on Third Street
Theatrical poster
Directed byTakashi Yamazaki
Screenplay byTakashi Yamazaki
Based onSunset on Third Street
by Ryōhei Saigan
Produced byChikahiro Ando
Keiichiro Moriya
Nozomu Takahashi
StarringHidetaka Yoshioka
Shinichi Tsutsumi
Maki Horikita
Kenta Suga
Kazuki Koshimizu
Tomokazu Miura
Hiroko Yakushimaru
CinematographyKōzō Shibasaki
Edited byRyuji Miyajima
Music byNaoki Sato
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 5 November 2005 (2005-11-05)
Running time
133 minutes

Always: Sunset on Third Street (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日, Ōruweizu: San-chōme no Yūhi) is a 2005 Japanese drama film written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, based on the manga Sunset on Third Street by Ryōhei Saigan. It was chosen as Picture of the Year at the Japan Academy Film Prize in 2006.

The film spawned two sequels, Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007) and Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 (2012).


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.[2]



  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "DFI Film Review: Always - Sunset on Third Street".

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