Seven women of varying ages and backgrounds sign up for a chartered trip to a remote waterfall. Expecting relaxation and a tranquil setting far away from bustling city life, some are looking for a place to clear their thoughts, some to commune with nature, and some just for photographic opportunities. None of the women expect their guide to immediately go missing and leave them stranded. What could be a horror story, however, turns into a wonderfully comic, explorational journey that tests the women’s patience—with each other, with their situations back home, and with the environment—as their personal idiosyncrasies bloom into full view.
Appears in: Japanese Currents
Other Films by Shûichi Okita
In 1987, armed only with a bizarre-sounding name and an unruly mop of hair, 18-year-old Yokomichi Yonosuke moves from his rural home in Nagasaki Prefecture to attend college in Tokyo. Bumbling, socially awkward, but with a cheerful smile, Yonosuke befriends two fellow dancers in the school samba club, a high-class call girl who frequents the …