July 10, 2006

Always (Sunset on Third Street) 三丁目の夕日 Movie Review

The film that took Japan by storm is now on DVD. From Takashi Yamasaki, the visionary director behind Juvenille and the sci-fi hit, Returner, comes Always - Sunset On Third Street. One of the top movie for 2005, Always managed to scoop twelve out of a possible thirteen awards at the Japanese Academy Awards in March 2006. (Movie Website - in Japanese)

Based on the long-seller manga by Ryohei Saigan, "Always" inspires Japanese people's nostalgy to its good old 50's, with a huge VFX effort to reproduce the era, including the half-built Tokyo Tower. The story is rather simple - everyday life of the good town's people, their dreams, hopes, love and tears, but the film was a big hit and highly acclaimed due to its great balance of its powerful cast, well told story and the nostalgic cinematography.

It's a simple story but if you're interested with the 50's of the Japan post-war era, and the period of the construction of Tokyo Tower, then this the perfect movie to see. You can know more about the toys and games that kids played during that period. The three treasures a family must have ; TV, Fridge and Washing machine. The anxiety of the Japanese after the war.

My rating, 4****/5*****.






The film uses a combination of elaborately constructed sets and cutting edge CGI work to recreate Tokyo in the 1950s. It is a heartfelt, nostalgic look back at a time when the country was changing and developing, soon to experience an economic boom that would forever alter Japanese culture.

This special edition includes a bonus disc featuring a making of documentary, deleted scenes, development footage, and a CD-ROM that includes content from the official website. This specially packaged box set also includes postcard stills from the film and a color booklet.




Watch the snippet from the movie together with soundtrack


Awards won at the 29th Japan Academy Prize

  • Director of the Year Winner, Yamazaki Takashi (Japan Academy Prize 2006)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Winner, Yoshioka Hidetaka (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Winner, Tsutsumi Shinichi (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Winner, Yakushimaru Hiroko (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Winner, Kozo Shibazaki (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Winner, Tyuji Miyajima (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Winner (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music Winner, satou naoki (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Winner (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Winner (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nomination, Koyuki (Japan Academy Prize 2006)

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  • 1 comments:

    The Great Swifty said...

    Well, you have provided a description of the film and listed its achievements, but I'm curious about your actual opinions.