International Title
Japanese Title
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1964
  Time: 98 minutes
Initial US Title
US Distributor: Toho (1964) Time: 95 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
To Lapse Into Chaos [Literal Translation]

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In the early 1960s, Japan is still reeling from the aftereffects of the war. Families have been torn apart, women split from their husbands forever, and now outside influence is filtering into society. In a town near Tokyo, a large supermarket is blooming, forcing out the smaller grocery stores which have been around since before the war. One store, owned by the Morita family, is one under such a threat. It is run by the sister-in-law, Reiko, who husband died in the war. However, the family wishes its surviving son Koji to one day take over. Koji, however, insists of wasting his day gambling, getting intoxicated, and womanizing. The other members of the family, Reiko most of all, try to tempt Koji toward making use of his life. Finally, when accused of cowardice by Reiko, he confesses his true reason. And this confession, along with the incessantly morphing society around them, will eventually affect the Moritas forever....

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Writing credits Mikio Naruse, Zenzo Matsuyama
Produced by Mikio Naruse, Sanezumi Fujimoto
Music by Ichiro Saito
Cinematography by Jun Yasumoto
Film Editing by Eiji Ooi
Production Design by Satoru Chuko
Assistant Director Masazumi Kawanishi
Reiko Morita Hideko Takamine
Koji Morita Yuzo Kayama
Hisako Morizono Mitsuko Kusabue
Takako Morita Yumi Shirakawa
Ruriko, Koji's Girlfriend Mie Hama
Shizu Morita Aiko Mimasu
Mr. Nomizo, Rival Supermarket Employee Yu Fujiki
Mr. Morizono, Hisako's Husband Kazuo Kitamura
Mr. Okamoro, Drugstore Owner Hisao Toake
Bar Maid at Ginzan Hotspring Kumeko Urabe
Mr. Kaga, Foodstore Owner Kan Yanagiya
Mr. Murata, Kimono Store Owner Yutaka Sada
Mrs. Kaga Chieko Nakakita
- Yutaka Nakayama
- Toshiko Yabuki
- Gen Shimizu
- Yasuhiko Saijo
- Yasuzo Ogawa
- Toyoko Uryu
- Tamami Urayama
- Hideko Okawa
- Yoko Yano
- Wakako Tanabe
- Yuki Shimizu
- Mieko Kurenai
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
None N/A

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 2 To Lapse Into Chaos Toho (2005)

Patrick Galvan Star Rating
November 21, 2014