Based on the thirteen minutes of surviving footage I was able to see, this film seems like quite the oddball. It reminded me a little of On purge bebe in Renoir's work, a film that just does not really fit with what comes before or after.
The only two elements that stood out for me were it seems that Ozu was beginning to experiment with longer takes, a component of his work that would become defining as his career evolved.
And this film really starts to show Ozu's remarkable gift for directing young kids, a talent we will see on very clear display numerous times in his later work.
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