Setsuko is unhappily married to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a drinking habit. She's always been in love with Hiroshi, but he left for France years ago without proposing. Now he is back and Mariko (Setsuko's sister) tries to reunite them, although secretly she loves him too.
Did You Know?
This was the first film made by star actress Kinuyo Tanaka
after her triumphant months-long visit to the United States. Allegedly, Tanaka, from her recent contacts with Hollywood actors, was full of new ideas about acting, which she was not shy about sharing with her director, Ozu. The latter, who held his own very strong (and very un-Hollywood) ideas about acting, was reportedly not pleased by this, and relations between the two during filming were thus somewhat tense. See more
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