When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi – and his very surprised and angry wife Oume – and disappears.
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A truly appalling film, APPALLING in the sense of what depths Ken Ogata's character goes in order to mollify his sadistic, venomous wife, a horrid woman who could give Lady Macbeth a run for her money. A must-see for any fan of Japanese cinema.
A sad but fascinating look into the family unit and how familial allegiances often place one family member against another. Great directing by Nomura, who builds tension in regards to the fate of the children. Also an excellent performance by Ken Ogata who conveys a conflicted individual attempting to appease both his cruel wife and his children with tragic results.
One of Japan's obscurest masterpieces. An absolute horror, because it is all too plausible, hinting all the while that its social normalcy makes us complicit in its common madness. You feel a little bit of your soul escape by the film's end.