• Japan
  • 1962
  • 108 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.40:1
  • Japanese
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On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man’s secretary (Keiko Kishi), in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed.

Cast

Yasuko MiyagawaKeiko Kishi
FurukawaTatsuya Nakadai
Senzo KawaraSo Yamamura
Sadao NarimuneYusuke Kawazu
MarikoMari Yoshimura
Junichi FujiiMinoru Chiaki
SatoeMisako Watanabe

Credits

DirectorMasaki Kobayashi
Produced byShigeru Wakatsuki and Masaki Kobayashi
Based on the novel byNorio Nanjo
ScreenplayKoichi Inagaki
CinematographyTakashi Kawamata
Production designShigemasa Toda
EditorKeiichi Uraoka
MusicToru Takemitsu

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