Shin Saburi plays a businessman who has brought up both of his daughters alone and has just reached a point where he can enjoy his success. Traveling to France for a vacation, he finds he is terminally ill.
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'Human life is like the flow of a river' I've never seen Kobayashi like this before. The youthful energy and vibrance displayed in pretty much all his early work is suddenly gone, replaced by a wisdom, calm, understanding. A study of death which also manages to criticize traditional Japanese values simultaneously. For a long time this was the one film I wanted to see the most, not his best work but truly monumental.