Mr and Mrs Shizuma, and their niece Yasuko, make their way through the ruins of Hiroshima, just after the atomic bomb has dropped. Five years later, Yasuko is living with her aunt and uncle, and her senile grandmother, in a village containing many of the bomb survivors. Yasuko does not appear to be affected by the bomb, but the Shizuma's are worried about her marriage prospects, as she could succumb to radiation sickness at any time.
Did You Know?
There was a color epilogue filmed that takes place in 1965 that was cut from the final version of this film. Takashi Miike
has stated in an interview that director Shôhei Imamura
, who behaved in a very demanding manner throughout the shoot, felt that though he did not wish to cut this alternate ending, that he needed to anyway, and that is why it was cut. See more
"An unjust peace is better than a just war." It's important to note that this is said cynically.