In some ways Older Borther, Younger Sister (1953) encapsulates many of the themes and motifs in Mikio Naruse's woman pictures. It is the story of the tumult that has come to a struggling family. The film starts as San returns home from the city where she is studying to be a midwife and meets the oldest daughter Mon (the sensuous Machiko Kyo) who has gotten impregnated by a student while supporting the family working as a hostess in the city. The father who has lost his business and pride and older brother Inokichi (a menacing Masayuki Mori), a rough neck who plays pachinko and chases prostitutes, are livid with shame and anger that she has brought upon the family. The relationship between Mon and Inokichi has a tinge of the forbidden when he confronts Mon's lover, the student Kobata (Eji Funakoshi) when he has come to ask forgiveness and give condolence money. He states that he used to share a bed with her and lead her to the toilet at night when they were little. Furthermore, and saw her face everyday until she was 17. Things really come to an impasse in the third act when Inokichi beats Mon on her return after a stillborn childbirth during the obon holiday. As with many Naruse films it ends on an ambiguous note, nothing has been solved but Mon doesn't seem to be overly upset by her traumatic physical fight with her brother, she tells San she will still come to visit the family even if she doesn't have a good brother.