For such a bitter man who by all accounts was entirely lacking a sense of humor, Naruse was an expert director of comedies. Of course, this is a comedy about failure and poverty that ends with a kid getting hit by a train... but great fun, full of inspired gags and surreal moments.
I was really surprised at how fantastic this film was. I was really very moved. It starts comedic and light then just hits you across the face with some superb dramatic elements. It ain't Naruse's best film, no way, but it's really much better than I supposed it would be. 4/5