Who would have thought the straightforward tale of parents visiting their children in the big city could be so engaging? A fascinating glimpse into post-war Japan. There is a remarkable contrast between the bustle, scale and industry of Tokyo and the peaceful, slow country sea town that is the family home. Yet this is done in an understated way, the story cutting to shots of the respective places and letting the scenes speak for themselves. The messages about how people lived and how society was changing are obvious but are allowed to reveal themselves in their own time. It is amazing and saddening to realise that some of the ills of modern, industrial, consumer society were already present 60 years ago and are not constrained to Europe and the USA. A joy to watch, just sit, stop thinking, open your mind and let the film unfold. You may discover something. Thanks to Seedhouse Rare Movies for importing this.