A coming-of-age story portrayed as the loss of all youthful illusions. Sixteen-year-old Yoichi dreams of becoming a sailor. His parents are fishmongers, and Yoichi lives together with them and his four siblings in cramped living conditions.
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A very moving picture about dreams lost. As critic Tadao Sato has said, Kinoshita either loves or hates his characters. In this, he loves his luckless young hero, Yoichi (Shinji Tanaka) and hates Yoichi's greedy, selfish older sister (Yoshiko Kuga, in a rare "bad girl" role). The death of the young man's dreams is subtly and painfully portrayed. This is on Hulu, and it's a good way to get into Kinoshita's fine work.