Just after World War II, Tokyo was completely burnt down and ruined, yet the lives of the people who survived continued. In a hot and humid summer, a war orphan (Oga Tsukao) sneaks into a woman’s (Shuri) shabby house to steal, while a young soldier (Mirai Moriyama) arrives as a guest as she sells her body to make a living.
The three begin a strange life together forming a sort of makeshift family, but it is a short-lived experience as the scars of war mean that a stable life is very hard to achieve. Since his sensational theatrical debut with ‘Tetsuo: The Iron Man’ (1989), Tsukamoto Shinya has garnered a devoted fan base worldwide and influenced numerous creators.
This is a not a war film but a film that explores human principles and tragedy swayed by fate, which earned the Best Asian Film Award at Venice Film Festival 2023.