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The Precipice (1958)

Hyoheki (original title)
Salarymen Uozo and his friend Kosaku plan to climb a mountain. A few days before they are due to start, Kosaku confesses that he has had a fling with a married woman, with whom he is now ... See full summary »


Yasuzô Masumura


Yasushi Inoue (novel), Kaneto Shindô


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenji Sugawara Kenji Sugawara ... Uozu
Fujiko Yamamoto ... Minako
Hitomi Nozoe ... Kosaka Kaoru
Keizô Kawasaki Keizô Kawasaki ... Ozaka
Kyû Sazanka ... Daisaku Tokiwa
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Yashiro
Kumeko Urabe ... Kosaka's mother
Kôichi Itô Kôichi Itô
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara ... Kamijo Shinichi
Kenji Ôyama Kenji Ôyama ... Managing Director Tokimatsu
Koh Sugita Koh Sugita ... Shimizu
Shô Natsuki Shô Natsuki ... Miyakawa
Manabu Morita ... Matsue
Sachiko Meguro Sachiko Meguro ... Old woman
Eiichi Takamura Eiichi Takamura ... Hamagishi's boss


Salarymen Uozo and his friend Kosaku plan to climb a mountain. A few days before they are due to start, Kosaku confesses that he has had a fling with a married woman, with whom he is now madly in love, but she has just dumped him. The rope breaks during the climb, killing Kosaku. Was the rope faulty, or did Kosaku plan to kill himself ? The rope manufacturer pressures Uozo towards the suicide theory, but Uozo stands firm. Who will back down ? Written by sharptongue@ozemail.com.au

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Avalanche !
25 August 2007 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

An odd combination of mountain-climbing adventure, romance and melodrama. The story seems to change complexion several times. Things start in the territory of tortured young love thwarted, move to men against the elements, then to office politics, then mean businessmen, back to the mountains etc.

The acting jumps wildly from wooden to hysterical and back. There is not the slightest hint of chemistry between the lovers. What the male gender sees in such a straight-laced woman is far from clear. The reasons for the mens' drive to climb mountains are never explored.

If you can get past these annoyances, then the movie is pretty good. The scenery is stunning, the avalanches suitably terrifying. And the one major actor who is not either wooden or hysterical, Uozo's straight-talking and long-suffering boss, plays a terrific part, and gives the stand-out performance here. The scenes where the other climbers band together to find the body are convincing, and work very well.

I have a great deal of respect for the author of the original story, Yasushi Inoue. My impression is that his story was fumbled by slip-ups in the script and direction. However, it is still an involving story, and worth watching.

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Release Date:

18 March 1958 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mount Hodaka, Nagano, Japan See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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