Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Cast: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baish˘, Ayumi Ishida
Takakura is a cop training to be a sharpshooter for the Olympic games, he divorces his wife and abandons his daughter when he discovers she's had an affair.
Later his coach is gunned down by a fleeing criminal. Years later Takakura returns to his snowy hometown and starts an affair with a middle-aged bar owner.
The story is a bit thick, with a number of subplots, yet it is extrordinarily melancholic, as Takakura seems to regret everything he's done in his life
and is made over and over again to relive his mistakes. There is very little "action" as such, and no yakuzas of any kind; but beyond that this is one of
the most lushly beautiful and emotional films you can see (if you can see it), with an excellent score by Ryudo Uzaki.
5th Japan Academy Prize ceremony
Won: Best Picture
Won: Best Screenplay - Sou Kuramoto
Won: Best Actor - Ken Takakura
Won: Best Music - Ryudo Uzaki
Won: Best Sound Recording - Nobuyuki Tanaka
1981 Color Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9) 132 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.