Masumura's lovely color Japanese Cinderella: a young woman (Wakao Ayako, one of the prettiest young actresses ever to grace the screen) grows up in the countryside wondering why none of her sibling were sent there as well. On Grandma's deathbed she admits the secret: the girl's illegitimate. The return to Tokyo causes problems. Made with gusto and flair, this kicked open the doors for the youth pictures of the '60s.
Deceptively simple comedy about family, parenthood, autonomy and gender roles. Masumura creates astonishingly dense frames which add background layers of interpretation to the action that is set frontstage. His close-ups on faces are mediated by semantically rich props orchestrated in glorious color cinematography. With philosophical jouissance it features girl power ideas, most tellingly in a fab table tennis scene.