Follows rice farmers, struggling to eke out an existence in an unfriendly world. The main plotlines concern a pair of benighted lovers and an elderly mother who falls victim to the excesses of government officials; a gang of juveniles rejects Japanese tradition by refusing to work the rice fields.
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3,6 The title of the film, as sometimes in a modern play, is a hypertrophied absence. At the core of “Kome” (Rice) is an empty space whose gaping void is underlined by the incessant talk about it, by quarrels over paddy ownership, and harvest festivals which mark an insecure, shifting abundance. Trying to figure what was the nagging non-attendant in this countryside family drama, it dawned on me it was the emblematic