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Produced under the watchful eyes of U.S. occupation authorities in 1946, this Japanese antiwar epic proved to be the most popular of the new breed of postwar films that explicitly renounced the military jingo of the preceding years. A woman remarries after her soldier husband is reported lost at sea, only to have her new civilian spouse succumb to shell shock when the Tokyo firebombing starts. Fumio Kamei (Soldiers at the Front), who'd been imprisoned for his “Communist,” pacifist tendencies during the early years of World War II, and left-leaning propaganda specialist Satsuo Yamamoto (The Travelling Players) collaborated on the direction.

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