In his first film after the commercial and critical success of Tokyo Story, Ozu examines life in postwar Japan through the eyes of a young salaryman, dissatisfied with career and marriage, who begins an affair with a flirtatious co-worker.
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One of the most emotionally ambiguous ending. Freed from their past mistakes, the couple simultaneously locks themselves away from their friends and are confined to 3 years in the service of a company. Death seems to persist all throughout this oddly nihilistic vision, as the memories of the dead child haunt Tokyo through the sound of crying babies in the background. Goldfish was slightly underdeveloped though.
Dans la série des radiographies du Japon d'après-guerre par Ozu, voici (entre autres choses) le problème de l'infidélité. Comme toujours, les situations évoluent lentement, assez calmement et très poliment, avec un humour de façade cachant un certain fatalisme humaniste : personne n'est vraiment heureux et tout le monde a ses raisons de faire des erreurs. Evidemment, le moralisme sous-jacent peut aussi agacer...
Ozu gets back again to everyday life of a office worker on the verge of a marital crisis and fed up with his ordinary job. it`s about disaffected nature of middle class men. ideal life is out of reach and the only device to keep life endurable is to accept it as it is. A little lengthy but still perfect.