The camera is relentless in this one. It's often distracting and exhausting. You can definitely see what he's after here though, constantly pushing into the characters, excavating, to reach their emotional core. But honestly this is a big step backwards from Flunky. The climax was handled masterfully though.
Naruse's very beautifully structured tale of a young girl with two competing mothers, seems to belong to the classical Ozu melodrama, almost Sirkian, in its weaving of the battle of emotions; but it also has a comedic quality (2 buffoon gangsters), as well as its daring, swooping tracking shots in moments of high emotion, and dizzying editing, along with real locations that give it a very modernist feel.