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— by David Salazar: “Mono-no aware: the ephemeral nature of beauty – the quietly elated, bittersweet feeling of having been witness to the dazzling circus of life – knowing that none of it can last. It’s basically about being both saddened and appreciative of transience – and also about the relationship between life and death.”

The concept and theme is at the core of many great films from Japan and in a very subtle manner it dominates Kon Ichikawa’s “The Makioka Sisters.” […]

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