The excitement that comes with learning this is Japan’s first movie in color evaporates when you realize that it never fully commits to what it sets itself up to do: use comedy to gently highlight the friction that has and always will exist between modern (here it’s the city) and traditional (the countryside) values.
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!