He was always very probing that what his father did when he went outside in his work suit. Kurosawa once said, “I really have no idea what my father did outside the home. I have faith that he did something useful, but it was possible that he was unemployed. This was never brought into the household though.”
The most uneasy and creepy feelings sensed by viewers were the happenings in Sasaki family. Slowly but surely, the Sasaki family was irresistibly facing disintegration. They encountered depressing situations on the dinner table almost every day. Family members started facing deep isolation from each other. Ryuhei’s wife Megumi (Kyoko Koizumi) had a clue from start of the situation that something is fishy, but she carried on with his everyday tasks and domestic work. She used to greet the visitors at her home in the same cherished way by saying “Okaeri!” means “Welcome home!” Ryuhei’s younger son Kenji (Kai Inovaki) had a strong passion towards music. He wanted to take piano lesson but Ryuhei refused to allow him. Kenji joined piano classes secretly, by paying his fee from the money he got for his lunch. His piano teacher Miss Keneko inspired him to follow his ambition in music. The elder son of Ryuhei, Takashi (Yu Koyanagi) was a passive family member. He used to talk to his parents only when it is extremely necessary. Takashi did odd jobs like distributing flyers in streets until he enrolled for U.S army. This also made Ryuhei angry as everything was going out of his control.
Parallel to the happenings in the family, Ryuhei finds a job of cleaning toilets at a mall. Once there was a robbery a Sasaki’s home and the robber took Megumi with him to drive the car as it was stolen. Co-incidentally, Megumi spotted her husband doing his underlying job and tell the robber that she did not want to go home, while after spending one night she returned back. The same night Kenji attempted to assist his friend to run away from home, but Ryuhei caught him doing so. He wanted to escape but all in vain. Ryuhei also spent that night outside home.