this touching film is imbued with a sense of loss right from the opening sequence of the two brothers leaving school to face the future without a father. The disclosure that the older boy had a different mother leads Ozu to explore that unfathomable gulf that eventuates with scenes of unbearable sadness as the boys grow up, and apart. Ozu lets us experience this pain with devastating subtlety and serene performances.
Late Ozu silent, currently shown missing the first and last reels (luckily, given the mass of Japanese silent films completely missing, 70 minutes remain), about the immediate impact the untimely death of a father has on two sons and their working, struggling mother. Ozu would rework and refine this kind of drama for the rest of her career.