Edgar Cochran’s review published on Letterboxd:
Takamine's flawless performance enlightens Naruse's most celebrated melodrama in Japan alongside Ozu's Tokyo Monogatari (1953). Here we encounter two confused souls: one who cannot accept what he is and thus encapsulates his persona in false escapisms including infidelity and sex; the other one, a beautiful rose completely governed by her emotions, inevitably leading her to irrationality and irresponsibility.
"The life of the flower is very short. That is why it should be appreciated immediately." A powerful lesson for men even today.