The impression here is that parents are never satisfied by their children’s efforts. Even though the parents here assert that they are satisfied because their children are well established with jobs, I discover later that the candid couple is not as good as they seem to be, particularly the father, who drinks heavily and becomes a burden and disgrace to his wife and daughter. Surrounding all these inconsistencies that are often tolerated simply for the sake of not breaking family ties and the love shared among them, I later on discovered the hypocrisy and life full of unfulfilled promises.
So much of Ozu’s thoughts in the film revolve around family, love, and relationships in the Japanese behavior and customs. However, we find that such matters are not specifically tied down to Japanese culture, but they are universally felt. The passage of stages and the slow transformation of the society in japan seem to have considerably affected the family as a social institution and the role of children in these settings. It can be seen from the film that in Japanese customs, women seem to have some overwhelming power such as the right to vote, while marriage is demarcated as a union of persons more than a union of families (Noda, 34). Family property also is to be distributed among descendants without forgetting that children have the obligation to care for their ageing parents. These customs, as outlined by Ozu are mostly Japanese-centered but they happen all over the world. The only unique aspect as seen in the film is that Japanese firstborn sons as well as their wives were more bestowed with the role of looking after the parents as compared to the other young family members.