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This movie begins with a wedding. Nice, right? No, not really. The guests all look kind of grim. Instead of lauding the bride and groom, they are speaking of the demonstrations against the Japan Security Treaty, a controversial act of its time. In the first scene the camera moves a bit haphazardly, which I'm certain is on purpose. Little lighting tricks like spotlights accentuate this tale of a group of youngish (all younger than 35, I'd say) fighting for their rights. This movie could have been a play, its staged that way. Whether you're interested depends on your sense of history. I admit to having little knowledge of the treaty, so this film makes the subject worth exploring. This film got the director fired from his film studio, so you know the film is gutsy. So, if you know about the treaty or want to learn, this is a well made film. It is just not for everyone.
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