subtle, understated story
- Equinox Flower review by CW
This is a very quiet movie about a few Japanese men and their relationships with their daughters. The main story is about a family where the father is definitely the boss. He is in a typical arranged marriage. There are excruciating scenes, by western standards, watching him come home from the office when he changes out of his business suit and just hands his clothes to his subservient wife or merely drops each item on the floor while she picks them up and puts them neatly away for him. Their older daughter does not want an arranged marriage. When she reveals that she wants to marry a man she is in love with, the father is furious and makes her stay away from work and remain in the house for days. Another father reveals that his daughter has left home to be with the man she chose to marry. The fathers see that their control is being taken away from them. If they do not accept the men their daughters have chosen, they will not see their daughters anymore. The story shows a change in society where young women were gently demanding their rights. I love most Japanese movies so I recommend this.