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Aptly titled melodrama, the plot is about one of five sons who wants to quit a dead-end job and go back to school, plan beyond day-to-day life. But if he does, the economics of the household tumble down. What might have been a wildly histrionic film, and Naruse has displayed a hand for such, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the strict father basically means well and is honestly troubled, on the other hand the son is a responsible youth who wants to be able to care for both aging parents and a wife.
The problem remains however, that Naruse had been on-again, off-again trying to address in other films; the film is about this situation and efforts to resolve it. It's one layer passionately acted, rather forcibly unpacked, and has no deeper insight.
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