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Credited cast:
Kin'ya Kitaôji ...
Tatsuo
Kiwako Taichi ...
Kimiko
Norihei Miki ...
Yamakawa
Junko Miyashita ...
Sachiko, Tatsuo's wife
Ryota Nakamoto ...
Ryota
Aiko Morishita ...
Nursery school teacher
Rikiya Yasuoka ...
Toshio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenzo Kaneko ...
Kimiko's brother-in-law
Sachiko Matsushita ...
Tatsuo's Sister
Aoi Nakajima ...
Kimiko's sister
Ippei Souda
Kin Sugai ...
Tatsuo's Mother
Gôzô Sôma
Masako Yagi ...
Tatsuo's Sister
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The villagers in a beautiful remote area of Japan are divided into the woodsmen, who worship the mountain goddess, and the fishermen, who worship the goddess of the sea. These traditions are threatened by a planned marine park. Tatsuo is a macho lumberjack who hunts boars and monkeys with the young Ryota. Tatsuo is married with two children, has four elder sisters, and is under pressure to sell the family land to the developers. When the fish pens are deliberately contaminated by oil, the fishermen suspect Tatsuo. Kimiko, an old girlfriend of Tatsuo, returns to the village to find money to pay off her debts. During the annual fire festival, Tatsuo becomes angry when the old traditions are not preserved. Written by Will Gilbert

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Finely crafted but hard to like
19 October 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This movie has its moments. The pacing is a double-edged sword. I found myself admiring the time it took to set tone and establish it themes, especially of nature and the main character's reactions to it. On the other hand, the film is frustratingly slow and has nothing truly resembling a plot. It's very much like watching a thunderstorm gathering, beautiful but hard to concentrate on for an extended period. It's very difficult to put a rating on this film, even more so than usual. It's definitely a very good movie, but it's also very hard to enjoy. If you like McCabe and Mrs. Miller, this may be the movie for you.


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