Maya’s review published on Letterboxd:
This film was made in the context of the economic crisis of 1930. And it feels more like ever today. This afternoon I talked to a friend about how difficult it is to find work as a graduate in times of corona. And this happens to be the theme that Ozu raises with this film, with a certain morality, of course, as we are used to hearing from him. He succeeds in posing the philosophical question of "what is failure?" in a comical, light-hearted and humane way.
What does flunked mean? It means being excellent at something.
I want to go to the university and be like you. I want to be flunked.