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 is the only Ozu film based on a serialized novel (written by Jirô Osaragi
). It was a common practice in Japanese cinema at the time to adapt such novels for the screen. The director later recalled that he found the process of adaptation difficult. His usual practice was to create original scripts (invariably with his screenwriting partner Kôgo Noda
after 1948), so he could tailor those scripts to specific actors he had in mind for the various characters. However, since the characters from the novel already existed, Ozu had to find actors to fit a conception that was not his, and he found this to be a challenge. This circumstance may be one reason why this film is one of the least well-regarded of Ozu's postwar films. See more
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