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 Amazon.com.
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.
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.
For Wednesday, our mystery guest says: “If you need a hint, check me in Google images.”
Update: This is Miyuki Kuwano.
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.
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).