Another great early Ozu. Once again fascinating to watch for how different his style is to his later work. A very mobile camera, moving along streets and panning across rooms, in a story of a criminal tracked down to his apartment by a detective on whom the tables are turned by the thief's wife, forcing him to sit in vigil with the couple while they wait to see if their sickly daughter will survive the night.
What's the title got to do with the price of fish? It sounds like the film should be about a carefree bachelor's latest one-night stand. Is it just a poor translation? What does その夜の妻 actually mean? Wouldn't something like HIS WIFE THAT NIGHT have been a better title? You'd think that the BFI would've come up with something better for its DVD release.