The head of a traveling theater, Kihachi arrives at a village long after the first visit. In the village live his old flame Otsune and his own son, Shinkichi. Shinkichi believes his biological father to be dead, and thinks Kihachi is his uncle. Kihachi visits Otsune’s house everyday to meet Shinkichi, and sometimes goes fishing with the son. As Kihachi confesses who he really is, Shinkichi begs him to settle in their hometown. Nomad as he is, Kihachi cannot stop wandering around the world. All he wishes it that Shinkichi become a great man. This film is one of the major works by Ozu Yasujiro, also known for its remade version in 1959.
Ozu Yasujiro, one of Japan's finest directors, was born on December 12, 1903, in Tokyo. He made his debut with The Sword of Penitence(1927). After his death in 1963, his reputation rose even higher and his work still influences directors, not only Japanese filmmakers but such foreign directors as Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Aki Kaurismaki and Hou Hsiao-Hsien.