|Setsuko Hara||Noriko Somiya|
|Chishu Ryu||Shukichi Somiya|
|Haruko Sugimura||Masa Taguchi|
|Jun Usami||Shôichi Hattori|
Noriko is perfectly happy living at home with her widowed father, Shukichi, and has no plans to marry -- that is, until her aunt Masa convinces Shukichi that unless he marries off his 27-year-old daughter soon, she will likely remain alone for the rest of her life. When Noriko resists Masa's matchmaking, Shukichi is forced to deceive his daughter and sacrifice his own happiness in order to do what he believes is right.