This movie takes a look at a very Westernized subarban Japan in the late 50's. It focuses mainly on the daily lives of a small community and the way its members interact. It also demonstrates the power of speech and the way in which small talk acts as a lubricant for our daily lives. Written by
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Ozu pays tribute to his cinematic influences by putting all kinds of film posters all over the wall in his films. In this movie, there are two posters, one of The Defiant Ones
(1958) (at 08:30) and one of The Lovers
(1958) (at 08:07), both at the neighbors' house. See more
A mess, isn't it?
Fun, isn't it?
Referenced in Battle Royale