Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Japan, 1956. Shôchiku Eiga. Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda. Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta. Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi. Music by Takanobu Saito. Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada. Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima. Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.
A newly hired salary man in 1950s Tokyo becomes quickly disillusioned with both working and married life, beginning an affair with a flirty female coworker and estranging himself more and more from his wife. The lives of his co-workers provide surrounding character material, but it is the affair that provides the centre for this film by the magnificent Yasujiro Ozu, one of his lesser works but still a strong effort that works on many levels. Its characters are heartfelt and some of the more tender moments are genuinely moving, but it doesn’t come together as perfectly as his best stories do.