I love that 100 yen scene! It’s funny and contemplative all at once. Akiko (Hara) in kimono and Noriko (Tsukasa) in modern dress talking about their life, both are beautiful. I also like the way Fumiko (played by that alluring Aratama) teases her childlike father with such anger that actually comes from affection.
A very 'ooooh' type of film for me because yet another wonderful featuring of Setsuko but also from two other actresses I adore, Michiyo Aratama and Youko Tsukasa. First Ozu color film for me and it was absolutely stunning to see the mise-en-scene artfully used. The film felt like a beautiful realistic painting come to life.
Could have been his best, but somehow it doesn't feel fully-formed to me. I would have enjoyed an extra 20 minutes or so. I think there was more emotional content to mine out of this story that, unlike other films, he didn't fully draw out. I am a bit torn though, as some of the implied content and the simplicity is enjoyable for its briefness. The ending is amplified greatly by Ozu's death the following year.
One of Ozu's last films, and also one of his best and most multi-faceted, taking place in Osaka rather than Tokyo area, and featuring the Ozu hallmarks of family, subtle detail, the modernization and Westernization of Japan, and a serene warmth. Masterful.