In medieval Japan, aging Rokubei, his younger wife of four years Osugi and her uncle run a tenement complex at the bottom of a cliff, the complex which from the naked eye at the top of the cliff looks like nothing more than a rubbish heap. The tenants are a group of down-and-outers with some who operate on the far side of the law. Nonetheless, the tenants are close knit community in wallowing in their collective misery, those who care who know their lives will never get better as long as they stay there. The landlords have no compassion for the tenants, they mockingly only stating that the tenants will be given a favorable standing in a future life for any good deeds done around the tenement. The recent arrival of Kahei, a mysterious elderly man, affectionately referred to as Grandpa, who spins tales of the unknown, provides at least hope that there is a better life out there somewhere. Sutekichi, a thief who arguably is the leader among the tenants, and Osugi are carrying on an ...
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, which is included with The Lower Depths
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[Last lines; Tonosama stumbles indoors, dripping wet, interrupting his housemates' impromptu acapella song and dance number
Tonosama - the former Samurai
Hey, everybody! Come quick! The actor hung himself, out back by the cliff!
[the other men stare at him aghast. Osen slowly saunters into the doorway, clearly horrified; Tonosama's not lying. There's a long pause
Yoshisaburo the Gambler
It was such a great party, and he had to go and ruin it. Bastard!
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