This is a film shot in the classical Shomin-geki style which evokes the films of Ozu. So much is communicated through nuance that, at times, reflects the somber realities of life. During all of this, moments of sheer magic occur reminding the viewer that reality can also have it's moments of charming catharsis.
Yes his documentaries are very interesting. So much unlike any of the other work that he's done. Similar to Louis Malle in a way that he utilized the new wave aesthetic but was never included or proclaimed to be a part of the new wave.
He has a delicate approach and one can tell how interested he is in what he is documenting. From what I've seen it is an extremely romantic portrait of the city. Similar to Varda's documentary about Cote d'Azur.