Above: Promotional image from the movie, The Makioka Sisters.
This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, telling the story of these four siblings who have taken on their family’s kimono manufacturing business in the years leading up to WWII, and draws a parallel between their activities and the seasonal variations in Japan.
Kuboku perfected the ancient Japanese technique of wax resist dying to create textile paintings on obi, kimono, and screens. His works merged Japanese subjects with cubist and modernist styles for the world of high fashion for Japan’s elite.
His daughter, Hisako, is now one of the last living artists who preserves the knowledge of this painstaking dying technique, and her obi and kimono continue to be among the most chic and sought-after throughout Japan.
Approximate running time is 140 minutes, the film is not rated.
Price: $5 members, students, military, seniors /$10 nonmembers