Work speedy, love slowly...that was the motto of Shuhei Hirayama,
manufacturing dept manager at Sakura Rayon. He was a single father with
three children. Shuhei's senior manager's wife, who loves taking care
of other people, tries to play matchmaker for him. His nephew, who
wants to be a singer and dreams of making a lot of money in a short
time, drags Shuhei into participating in his get-rich-quick schemes.
Shuhei is straight, strict, and often times stubborn. People talk about
him as if he was a loser, but his kids understand their father better
than anyone and show great love for him. One of Shuhei's rookie
employees, who he was secretly considering as a candidate for his
daughter's future husband, becomes embroiled in a fraud scandal and
gets into big trouble.
This is the movie version of an essay by
the same title. It shows a positive portrayal of the life of a
salaryman who is considered as nothing more than a cog in the machinery.
This is a home drama with a stubborn manager and his family as the main
characters. The hero is a middle-aged man who is very strict and
stubborn, and who possesed the civilian morals of its time period.
Audiences can enjoy a warm feeling and laughter with this film.
|Star Daisuke Kato as Shuhei, flanked by oldest daughter Yoshiko
(Kumi Mizuno) and the rookie employee Taro Nakamura (played by Akira
|A scene in the Hirayama household's family room. One of the sons
(Takashi Kubo--left) was Akira Kubo's actual brother. After he played
several child characters, he debuted as a youth star for Nikkatsu under
the stage name of Takashi Yamauchi.
|Yoshiko, who works for her father's company, tries to support her
father's marriage plans. The lady who is supposed to be introduced to
him, Michiyo, is played by Mitsuko Kusabue
|Staff shot with Akemi Kuji, who plays the senior manager's wife