Setsuko, who runs a bar to support herself, is married to the alcoholic, ne’er-do-well Mimura. However, she’s never forgotten her true love Hiroshi, an antique dealer. Her sister Mariko, who typifies the young, liberated generated, also loves Hiroshi, but tries to bring him and Setsuko together. Their chance finally comes when Mimura dies of a heart failure after a particularly nasty row with Setsuko. To everyone’s surprise, she turns down Hiroshi, and moves back to her native Kyoto to nurse her father, who’s diagnosed with cancer. —Ozu-san.com
Yasujiro Ozu was born in the old Fukagawa district of Tokyo, to a fertilizer merchant, in 1903. In 1923, after a couple of years as an assistant teacher in rural Japan, Ozu was hired as assistant cameraman at the Shochiku Motion Picture Company. Early in his career, Ozu began to experiment with an idiosyncratic film style that ran contrary to the conventions of Japanese or Hollywood cinema of the day. He strove to reduce and simplify his film style; he cast such mainstays as the fade, the dissolve, and the pan from his cinematic palette. He shot solely from a low camera angle, using a 50mm lens, and he subordinated spatial continuity to visual aesthetics. Ozu directed his first film in 1927,The Sword of Penitence. In 1932, he began to hit his creative stride with the touching comedy I Was Born, But…, which was his first commercial success. During World War II, he made few films such as There Was a Father.
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Working away from his home studio Shochiku for the first time and adapting a novel rather than constructing his own screenplay, Ozu was out of his comfort zone when he made this film but it's still recognizable as one of his works. In an all star cast, Hideko Takamine stands out as the younger of the Munekata sisters, trying to engineer a relationship between her unhappily married older sister and her first love.....