Irwan Nur Rizqi’s review published on Letterboxd:
The earliest surviving film from Ozu is a whimsical tale of youth, playing with playful youthful spirit celebrating their present with rivalry of love and not caring about their future.
They lived in their now as a college student. Too lazy to study, too diligent to chase the same girl. Boys and their tricks, making fool of themselves to get the girl's attention. Failing at a test. Failing at getting the girl's love. And in their equal heartbreak, finished rivalry of love, they found the next gate of friendship. They upgraded their value as a friend, as a man, and as a human spirit. And their spirit still survives, in our present. As a present.