Good drama / mystery built around the idea of an isolated community.
Director Taku Shinjo spins this rural drama about ancient taboos and
encroaching modernity. Takamine (Gitan Otsuru) is a big-city workaholic
sent to a small remote island to seal a business deal. His predecessor
almost managed to convince the island's 17 inhabitants to sell their
stake and make way for a resort hotel -- that is, before he died under
dubious circumstances. Takamine finds the islanders polite and kind but
unwilling to discuss business; instead, they tell him to become an
islander. So the city-slicker stuffed shirt loses his tie and starts to
help the women plant and the men fish. He soon makes his acquaintance
with Takako (Mitsuko Baisho), the widowed daughter of the island's
chief. She lives alone with her crazed son who is kept Jane Eyre-style
chained to a stake. One moon-lit night, their mutual attraction boils
over, resulting in a naked, passionate roll on the beach. Soon the
village elders are worried that Takako might abandon her significant
ritual duties at the island's shrine in favor of the rakish newcomer.
Meanwhile, as the village prepares for its annual secret ceremony, a
flock of outsiders and TV crews descend on the island. The tension
between the islanders and their unwelcome guests erupts into violence
resulting in a beating and a rape. As secrets unfold, the islanders and
Takamine soon come to a head over the islands future, it's hidden past
and the reason for the festival.
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