If this 1978 film had been made exactly as it appears in the 1920s (soon after this true story occurred), in Japanese and dubbed into English, and made by the same Japanese team, it would have won an Oscar (if it existed) in the Best Foreign Film category! By today's standards, it may appear amateurish, the "acting" may not be brilliant. But this is a truly NON-Pretentious film, covering a very difficult subject. In that light, it is highly recommended, and I fail to understand why World Wide Pictures (which didn't actually make the film, but seem to own the rights) have so far refused to release it on DVD "world-wide" !!
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