- Release Date
- March, 18th, 1958
- Running Time
- 96 min
- Screening Format
- -,HDCAM SR
- Screen Size
- European Vista (1:1.66)
[ Directed by ]
[ Cast ]
[ Staff ]
- INOUE Yasushi ── Original Story
- SHINDO Kaneto ── Screenplay
- MURAI Hiroshi ── Cinematography
[ Production Company ]
[ Distributor (Japan) ]
[ Story ]
Set in the magnificent scenery of the Japan Alps the story opens with Uotsu and Kosaka inching their way up the northern side of Mount Maehodaka in the midst of a snow storm. Thirty feet from a good foothold a strong gust blows up, the nylon rope gives way, and Kosaka plunges into the valley.
The newspapers play up the story and public interest is focused on the survivor of the incident and the mystery of the broken rope.
In charge of the scientific test to examine the rope, which turns out unfavourably for Uotsu, is Yashiro, whose wife Minako had been engaged in a love affair with the dead man, and who is admired by Uotsu.
Uotsu begs Minako not to reveal her affair with Kosoka in order to clear him of suspicion of having murdered his friend, and decides not to see her again.
The search for Kosaka's body is resumed, in which the missing man's sister Kaoru takes part. At last the body is found and cremated.
On the following night Kaoru reveals her love for Uotsu and tells him that she received a message through the fire which consumed her brother's body which prompted her to pour out her heart to him. Uotsu is, however, still in love with Minako but realises that he must give her up, especially as she is married, and decides to marry Kaoru.
In order to cool his desire for Minako he sets out to climb Mount Maehodaka from the Hida side, promising to meet Kaoru at a mountain hut and return with her to Tokyo to prepare for their marriage.
As he starts the climb a thick mist sweeps across the mountain and his fears are heightened as he hears a deep rumbling sound like that made by an avalanche.
And waiting there gazing up into the mists stands Kaoru, stark fear gripping her heart for what fate may now have decided for the man she loves.
A gripping drama of the "Roof of Japan" beautifully photographed in Daiei Agfa Color.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1958 1.1】
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