Mikio Naruse strives away from gendaigeki to Taisho Japan including traditional settings like Tochuken Kumoemon's classical mansion including traditional courtyard garden architecture. Here we have a male protagonist, but one who is clearly imprisoned by his own arrogance. The victims are the women around him, his wife playing the shamisen and dying from tubercolosis, and his geisha-mistress Chidori, played (again by Naruse-regular) Sachiko Chiba. He aswell neglects his son, who gets into a fight as he tries to defend his father's name who is badmouthed for adultery.
A very unlikable protagonist we have in this feature, who distances himself from his duties and social responsibilities through the means of high art. Modern aspects in this movie are communication devices like telegrams and telephones, and a generally critical view on a selfish and arrogant patriarch. Worth seeing but pretty depressing.