An unconventional, significant and decidedly shocking work in the director's oeuvre, it may be his most demeaning portrait of the woman in post-war Japan as it debases the moral integrity of its female lead almost to that of an animal worth beating, for the sake of a maudlin, trite denouement and, in context, a searing indictment on Japanese family values after the war. Recommended for sure, but I don't approve it.
Prostitution, Poverty, Sickness. After WWII, Japanese people were also suffering. The sole optimistic character is played by Chishu Ryu. This was also the first time that I watched domestic violence described so vividly in a Yasujiro Ozu film. Recommended.
Ozu looks at post-war Japan and doesn't see much he likes; from the drab industrial wasteland in the background to the precarious social position of it's returning veterans and struggling unemployed, simmering shame and violence beneath his usually subdued familial protagonists.
A post-war Ozu drama similar to the films of Mizoguchi & Naruse. Ozu wisely concentrates not on the rape, prostitution, and war scenes but the effects. The main overarching theme is very clear: The decay of Japan due WWII. And though the spousal abuse (shown in full detail and predicted by the falling metal can) is a little unconventional for Ozu, Tokiko's perseverance is touching until the very last frame.
Seems this isn't as well received as the films Ozu would make afterwards. I thought this was a marvellous addition to his post war canon. Also, very surprised by the scene on the stairs at the end. Something very rare for Ozu.