Postwar Tokyo. Pin (Jukichi Uno) and Toku (Taiji Tonoyama) live in the squatter area of Kappanuma. Pin and Toku are avid gamblers. They take in Tsuru (Nobuko Otowa), a slightly demented woman who has run away from a geisha house.
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The rich exploit the poor and the poor exploit the poorer. While the constant shifting of tone may put some off, there's no denying Nobuko Otowa gives a brave performance in the difficult role of Tsuru. The ending is a real kick in the head.