While I was watching Yazuso Masumura's Giants and Toys (1958) I couldn't help but compare it to Alexander Mackendrik's classic Sweet Smell of Success. Both films are about business, advertising, money, morality and ethics related to these enterprises. Giants and Toys is a critical look at a time when a particular country where work is held more highly than anything else in life. Perhaps Japan has not changed too much in that regard, but question this before achieving the economic miracle must seems a bit subversive for a Japanese film. There are some great set pieces through the film, like the opening titles sequence, the African dance cabaret scene, and the powerful last scene. An interesting film that I was unaware of until I saw the essay in Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts.