A soldier sent to the frontline gives his friend a letter for his wife, answering her postcard, not expecting to return alive. When he does make it back home he finds his family has been devastated by the war in various ways.
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A wonderful ending to a magnificent career where Shindo even references some of his own earlier works. Again this film is about the ''little people'' in society who have no choice but to survive, and are willing to sacrifice anything and break any morals they may have had in that process. Also praise to brilliant composer Hayashi Hikaru who gave us the haunting Naked Island theme and died this year as well.