Ozu narrative system is already well established and let's say that it's one of the most astounding ever achieved: each narrative sequence almost coincide with the duration of a single shot, in a structure that could be called "natural", fluent as oxygenation. It turns out that in this film the moralizing penchant overlaps such flow and leads to an annoyance that confronts the ideological structure of who sees it.
I burned my tongue yesterday and grew new taste buds today. This is probably the oddest film I've seen from Ozu-san, so much dynamic movement! Travelling shots in cars, in trains, of planes taking off, dolly shots in the house, it's almost overwhelming. Yet still a great portrayal of a middle of the road relationship reflecting on a new one about to form.
Considering he was a lifelong bachelor, Ozu isn't the best director of marital trouble films (look to Naruse for that), but this lesser film, made between the masterpieces "Early Summer" and "Tokyo Story", about an arranged marriage on rocky grounds, is interesting nonetheless.