Mikio Naruse’s mature period is often dated from this 1951 film, his first self-conscious use of the daringly understated style that would illuminate later masterworks like Lightning and Floating Clouds. Setsuko Hara stars as a middle-class housewife whose discontent with her life explodes when she finds her husband making love to her niece; she decides to leave for Tokyo, dreaming of the beautiful city she knew before the war, but finds only chaos and destruction. With Ken Uehara. In Japanese with subtitles. 96 min.