Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated) + + + +

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1958 film “Equinox Flower.” Original story by Ton Santomi, screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda, produced by Shuzuo Yamauchi, cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta, music by Kojun Saito. Directed by Ozu.

Vincent Canby of the New York Times said (May 27, 1977):

“Equinox Flower”—a particularly inscrutable title even for this great Japanese director—is one of Ozu’s least dark comedies, which is not to say that it’s carefree, but, rather, that it’s gentle and amused in the way that it acknowledges time’s passage, the changing of values and the adjustments that must be made between generations.

The movie is available on DVD through


Sept. 26, 2016, Mystery Photo
Monday’s mystery woman has a glass of something foul. Or perhaps she was registering frustration because I had to go through five frame grabs before I found one that wasn’t on Google images.

Update: Monday’s guest says: “You may remember me from ‘Throne of Blood.’ ”

Update: This is Chieko Naniwa.


Sept. 27, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Tuesday, our mystery guest is enjoying himself, and unlike yesterday’s mystery guest, he is drinking sake, rather than a glass of foul liquid.

Update: This is Ryuji Kita.


Sept. 28, 2016, Mystery Photo
For Wednesday, our mystery guest says: “If you need a hint, check me in Google images.”

Update: This is Miyuki Kuwano.

Sept. 29, 2016, Mystery Photo

Thursday’s mystery guest says: “If you need a hint, this movie was shown last Saturday at BAMFPA.”

Brain Trust roll call: Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery guest).

Update: This is Ineko Arima.


Sept. 30, 2016, Mystery Photo


Friday’s mystery guest says: “This 1958 movie is the director’s first color film.”

Update: This is Shin Saburi.

Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery film and Thursday’s mystery guest), Benito (mystery movie), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests), Beachgal (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery guest), Tucson Barbara (Thursday’s mystery guest) and LC (mystery movie).

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22 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated) + + + +

  1. Jenny M says:

    Kenji Sahara


  2. tucsonbarbara says:

    Equinox Flower

    Tues – Shin Saburi
    Wed – Miyuki Kuwano


  3. Gary Martin says:

    Tuesday is Teru Shimada in The House of Bamboo.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    Ineko Arima today. You’re missing a + sign. You never added one yesterday, so it looks like there’s only 3 days of photos.


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    EQUINOX FLOWER. Kinuyo Tanaka Monday?


  6. Benito says:

    Equinox Flower. Not up on Ozu movies — too slow– and needed the clue. Went to old PFA location on Durant often.


  7. Ineko Arima in “Equinox Flower.”


  8. Monday: Kinuyo Tanaka
    Tuesday: Shin Saburi
    Wednesday: Miyuki Kuwano


  9. beachgal says:

    The movie is Equinox Flower.


  10. tucsonbarbara says:

    Monday – Mutsuko Sakura
    Thursday – Ineko Arima


  11. LC says:

    Equinox Flower (Higanbana) 1958 ? Thanks for the hint, sorry don’t know to much about Japanese movies.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Shin Saburi today. There was a great silent film by Ozu that showed at the SFSFF this summer, I think it’s just come out on DVD. Many sly references to American films in it.


  13. Dewey webb says:

    Equinox Flowerp


  14. beachgal says:

    Friday is Shin Saburi


  15. Gary Martin says:

    This would be Equinox Flower, Ozu’s first color film, 1958. I’m afraid I am not good with Japanese names other than a few of the more obvious actors.


  16. Monday: Chieko Naniwa
    Tuesday: Chishû Ryû
    Friday: Shin Saburi


  17. tucsonbarbara says:

    Monday – Chieko Naniwa
    Friday – Shin Saburi


  18. Howard Decker says:

    Monday. Kinuyo Tanaka.


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