An unwed couple takes refuge in a Tokyo red-light district in this matter-of-fact look at the seamier side of life from key transitional director Yuzo Kawashima. Yoshigi (Mihashi Tatsuya) sells noodles while his companion Tsutue (Aratama Michiyo) slings sake, but it’s easy come, easy go when Tsutue’s eyes wander to another man. This was Kawashima’s personal favorite among his films, and its open embrace of its prole characters was doubtless an influence on its assistant director, Shohei Imamura.

  • Directed By Yuzo Kawashima
  • 1956
  • Japan
  • Japanese with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 81 minutes