Farmers Gonsuke and Tomekichi are friends hailing from the poverty stricken village of Echigo. Every winter they travel to Kyoto to work as sake brewers. With a beautiful wife back home, Tomekichi is the source of envy amongst his colleagues, including his friend. Returning home to care for his sick mother, Gonsuke’s envy turns into a fit of uncontrollable jealousy and culminates in his rape of Tomekichi’s wife. When Tomekichi returns home, he notices his wife has changed…
Based on a novel by Minakami Tsutomu, Imai presents a bleak and violent portrait of the poverty underlying all the tragedy.
Film Format: 16mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.
In Japanese with English subtitles.