I don't understand why more of the better known critics didn't list this with the best DVDs of 2009. The deleted ending, filmed in color, is one of the most eye opening endings. I also read Ibuse's novel, and Imamura only took a small part, and created the rest of the narrative. In the novel, Yoshiko, is not the main character. The original ending by Imamura is look at how Hiroshima has been remembered.