A portrait of the difficult relationship between a mother and her grown daughter that wavers between love, hate and jealousy. A bitter, merciless melodrama in which the cheerful color photography provides a sharp contrast to the bleak human conflicts. —Berlin International Film Festival
Minoru Shibuya (渋谷実 Shibuya Minoru?, 2 January 1907 – 20 December 1980) was a Japanese film director.
Born in Tokyo, Shibuya attended Keiō University but left before graduating.He joined Shochiku in 1930 and worked as an assistant under Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Heinosuke Gosho, before making his debut as a director in 1937.Shibuya “worked with equal facility in comedy and melodrama, [and] made his mark as an ironic but compassionate chronicler of the difficulties of the early postwar period”.
One notable film was The Radish and the Carrot, which was supposed to be Ozu’s next film before he died. But as the critic Chris Fujiwara notes, Shibuya’s “films are a world apart from Ozu: harsh, sometimes strident, in tone, splashed with dark humor, tending to contort the human body or thrust it into the bottoms of violently modernist compositions”.
He directed over four dozen films between 1937 and 1966. —Wikipedia