- Release Date
- July, 1st, 1970
- Running Time
- 93 min
- Screening Format
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[ Story ]
Yuko (Sayuri Yoshinaga}, a young office girl, decides to go to Australia to see her married sister Yuki (Yoshiko Kayama) who was separated from her parents at the age of 5 in Manila during the war, adopted by an Australian and brought up in his country. Her efforts to find her family in Japan paid off a few years back and the two sisters had been corresponding.
But Yuko does not find Yuki at the airport or at home. At a loss, she meets Naoki, a Japanese who offers to help her, and despite the advice of others not to trust him, she gradually falls in love with him. She is shocked, however, to find his handwriting and her sister's are the same. Naoki will not explain and persuades her to go back to Japan and give up looking for her sister.
On her last night in Australia, Naoki (Koji Ishizaka) takes her to a night club where she sees a beautiful Japanese woman, reportedly leading a shady life. Next morning she meets this woman again in her hotel lobby and is given a ring by her as a souvenir. By the time Yuko realizes the woman is her missing sister, Yuki, she has already left for Manila.
Yuko flies to Manila with Naoki, but finds Yuki has killed herself. Naoki reveals that he had loved Yuki and tried to help her rise from her fallen life, but Yuki felt his feeling toward her was only sympathy. Ashamed, she could not reveal herself to her innocent sister, but chose death in the place where she enjoyed brief happiness as a child.
In the burning sunset of Manila Bay, Yuko cries for her sister who led a wretched life to support herself and died without knowing true love.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1970 13.4】
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