♪ Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner
Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
With Minoru Takada, Hiroko Kawasaki
Approx. 96 min. 35mm.
Street hoodlum reforms for the love of a good girl, but old pal gets him back in trouble. Already clichéd plot transformed by stylistic experiments, including extensive dolly shots.
“Like all Ozu silents, this is much brisker than his subsequent sound work, and the compositions are an eyeful.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
“This was the Japanese master’s first true homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetingly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth.”
– The Criterion Collection