- Release Date
- June, 8th, 1958
- Running Time
- 107 min
- Screening Format
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[ Story ]
The plot follows the adventures of two armed thugs who rob a Tokyo bank and make off with seven million yen in cash. The culprits are Ueda and Takeo who immediately head for the latter's home island which is inhabited mainly by women divers and their families.
They realize that this tiny island colony is an ideal hiding place. The innocent islanders immediately welcome the two outsiders who pretend to be a professor of biology and his assistant engaged in marine biological research.
Their loot, consisting of a suitcase full of thousand yen notes, is sealed tight and hidden in the deep underwater caverns known as the Dragon's Caves. Takeo is confident that no woman diver can dive into those treacherous depths and they hide their loot through using an aqualung.
However, to their surprise they learn that a young diver named Hisako is able to dive to such depths for abalone.
At a dance party, Ueda follows Hisako, proclaims his love for her, and begs her never to dive again into the treacherous waters around the Dragon's Caves.
Hisako is so touched by Ueda's concern over her welfare that she feels she must dive into the caves once more to procure specimens of starfish for his research. During this last immersion, she finds the hidden suitcase and the loot inside.
One stormy night Hisako's father becomes extremely ill and the island doctor is unable to treat him due to the lack of serum.
A wireless message is sent to the main island in an effort to obtain medical aid, but rough seas force back the rescue ship.
Ueda suddenly realizes that the only way to bring aid to Hisako's ailing father is to inform the main island that the two bank robbers are terrifying the islanders at pistol point and so bring immediate aid from the police. Takeo refuses to agree with the idea and a scuffle ensues in which he falls to his death from the lighthouse.
A s the police take Ueda off to prison, the islanders stand there to wish him well.
And as the ship with her lover disappears over the horizon, Hisako stands alone, watching and waiting.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1958 1.2】
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