This “documentary” feature film was very controversial when it was released in Japan. How far can one go in a documentary? Where is the line between documentary and fiction to be drawn? The main protagonist of the film sued Imamura but she eventually withdrew her complaint.
Yoshie Hayakawa’s fiancé has gone missing for some time. Imamura offers Yoshie to carry out an investigation. Imamura Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, a well-known actor in Japan, to assist him. The investigators tell the story of the fiancé’s last days before he disappeared. They meet his parents in his native village. Some wittnesses say they saw him with Yoshie’s sister. A harsh confrontation takes place between the two sisters. As the investigation goes on, Yoshie does not know what she is looking for any more, she cannot tell whether it is worth investigating further.