Repast (1951) directed by Mikio Naruse is the third film of his that I have seen and certain patterns are starting to emerge. I think most of these patterns are related to story and theme. However, it is also fair to say that technically Naruse is an accomplished director as well in terms of framing, editing, and the overall flow of the film is impressive. In this story, the heroine, Michiyo (Setsuko Hara), laments the drudgery of housework while married to a steady but slightly complacent, oblivious husband Hatsu, played by Ken Uehara. The household is shaken up when the young, nubile niece Satoko (Yukiko Shimazaki) shows up unannounced fleeing from expectations to get married and captures Hatsu's attention. However, I found it difficult to sympathize with Michiyo, because even though her husband may be a bit boring he isn't out carousing, beating her, or chasing women. In fact several women put themselves in his path and he still stays true to his wife. But she is constnatly complaining about her lot in life and when he offers to take Satoko and his wife sightseeing his wife begs out saying that she is too busy. I find tha thar dot believe in a household of two--she doesn't even have any children to burden. To her credit, when she goes to Tokyo to see her mother she begins to reevaluate her situation in comparison with a childhood friend struggling to raising a child on her own and her own mother's suggestion that Hatsu ought to divorce her for running back home. It is somewhat of a simple drama of strife in a young marriage similar to Ozu's Early Spring, and executed in just as a convincing manner-Naruse is on the same level as Ozu in my opinion.