Somewhat disappointing melodrama from Hashiguchi. Loved his "like grains of sand" back in the nineties and had high hopes for this one. The casting of Lily Franky as the artist seems to be underwhelming. Tae Kimura is however very good. At 2 hr 20 min the film is at least a reel too long and seems to be at cross purposes in deciding whether it wants to be a human story or a history of recent court cases. Pass.