You really can't go wrong with Mikio Naruse, I've found. However, that said, his first attempt at color and cinemascope feels a bit sprawling with too many characters (and possibly an all star cast - you know this type of film). It is possible too that the rural setting and focus on a family farm was a bit far afield (so to speak) for Naruse, who usually steered family and romantic dramas set in urban locales. Nevertheless, the drama is still absorbing, given that you can't really anticipate where the plot might lead and what fates might befall the central characters. Chikage Awashima stands out as the strong (almost feminist) auntie who is determined to adapt to the new ways of the younger generation, even as her older brother struggles to let go. Someone once said that all of Naruse's plots involve problems with money and that is true again here but, as with many Japanese films of this period (including Ozu's, in particular), these problems are overshadowed or even brought about by changes in Japanese society itself. Naruse would move on to greater films in the coming years.