The Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Rynosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on ... See full summary »
The first two films in this series are absolutely wonderful, a mix of family entertainment, comedy, some sadness but ultimately exhilarating in their portraits of family life in Tokyo back in the 50's. This third film brings us to the time of the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 and the kids are growing up. Roku likes a doctor and looks for ways to meet him, the most substantive side story of this film. Otherwise most of the characters have barely changed, they are the same people they were in the other two films. In some series this could pose a problem, but in this it is welcome. There is still a mix of over the top comedy (Suzuki-san especially), pathos, overt sentimentality and somewhat skewed family values. While not quite on the echelon of the first two films, it carries the story forward and that is appreciated. You have to watch the first two before watching this, which will introduce you to the characters, but its well worth your time.