One Wonderful Sunday is a 1947 Akira Kurosawa film. I always enjoy Kurosawa's movies, and this one is no exception. This story is of one day in the lives of a young engaged couple in post-war Japan. They have one day each week to spend together. He lives in a room in the apartment of a friend, and she lives with her sister and her extended family. They cannot afford to marry. Their dream is to someday open a coffee shop, which they plan to name the Hyacinth Cafe, and serve good coffee and pastries at reasonable prices. Theirs is a beautiful, if sometimes sad, story. I enjoyed sharing their day.
The picture at the top of the post is of our young couple in shock over how they have been over-charged at this cafe.
I liked the use of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony throughout the film. It comes into the plot several times, and brings a lot to the emotional impact the movie has.
I guarantee if you watch this film you will genuinely care about this young couple. You will cry with them in their despair at ever having the resources to marry, and you will feel their joy as they share their hopes and dreams for their future. I did.
Here's a short clip with subtitles:
The New York Times calls it "an essential work in a great career." Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear says it "stands as a testament of hope for those who must bear the full brunt of the transition. The times may be harsh, but the flowers and music will always be there for those who try and look." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 86%.
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