The story of an orphan girl, brought up in naive, rustic innocence by an elderly relative, who is suddenly exposed to the brutality, greed and deceptiveness of the outside world when her grandmother dies.
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Like much of Masumura's later work this occasionally slips into exploitation territory (Rin's various beatings are particularly gratuitious) but this is also a beautifully crafted and tragic film about the loss of childhood innocence and freedom at the hands of wicked, greedy adults. Harada shines as the feisty Rin, a tenacious young woman who refuses to play by their rules.