One of the most magically funny and beautiful comedies ever made - comparable to Shimizu's "Arigato-San," portrays two Tokyo dancers returning to Lily's idyllic, rural village to visit her parents, but moral issues complicate matters. Japan's first colour film dazzles the eyes like a Michael Powell, the almost all-Schubert soundtrack adds a poignancy and beauty. Please Shochiku/Criterion restore for the world to see.
Kinoshita wisely choses not to draw a crude distinction between the country idyll and Takamine's worldly city dancer, but focuses on a sort of coming into fruition of her sensuality in the context of a mutually beneficial, bucolic acceptance of the wholeness and purity of beauty -mountain, field, the dance of spirits as well as flesh. And Chishu Ryu does a Judo throw!