Ayako Wakao, Jerry Fujio, Jun Fujimaki
After failing the entrance exam to a prestigious university, a young man, ashamed of letting down his mother, pretends to enroll. He falls in with a hardcore group of student political activists who, misreading his duplicity, mistake him for a police informer – the very incarnation of all they ideologically oppose.
A moving study of social pressures and personal denial, shot in noirish ‘scope. This personifies Masumura at his most complex and compassionate.
Among the most stunning [of Masumura’s] films.
San Franciso Chronicle