One Wonderful Sunday

One Wonderful Sunday ★★★★½

Though Kurosawa is more known for his larger spectacles than many of the other great Japanese directors, when he wanted to make a small, personal film, he could do it just as good, if not better than anyone else. One Wonderful Sunday touches on love, despair, anxiety, and what it takes to get us through even a single day, let alone our lives, with such small grandeur. Little moments become big, seemingly small moments have the power to change the course of one's entire life, and this film makes us both cry and rejoice with our protagonist couple as they go through all of it. It reminds us that while love, hope, and dreams may not keep our bellies full or our bills paid, they can give us the motivation to try. Sometimes, that's enough.