Directed by: Kichitaro Negishi
Run time: 135 min
Toshiyuki Nagashima as Mitsuo Wada
Johnny Okuro as Hirotsugu “Koji” Nakamori
Eri Ishida as Ayako Hanamura
Rie Yokoyama as Kaede
Casey Takamine as Mitsuo’s father
Reiko Nanao as Mitsuo’s mother
Sen Hara as Mitsuo’s grand mother
Keizo Kanie as Kaede’s husband
Yumiko Fujita as Chii
Leo Morimoto as Tetsuo Wada
Eri Kanuma as Toshie Wada
The urban sprawl in Tokyo has had a profound effect in the life of Mitsuo and his family of farmers. His father sold most of their lands to real-estate developers and left with the money to live with a bar hostess while Mitsuo’s mother had to start working as a construction worker.
Mitsuo has decided to stay as a farmer and grow tomatoes in the small piece of land he has left in the middle of newly-build apartment blocks while struggling with regulations, falling tomatoe prices and business men who want to buy his remaining piece of land.
Mitsuo’s mother sets him up for a blind date with the sweet, but strong-willed Ayako and he immeadiately falls for her and wants to merry her while also having a fling with a married woman Kaede who seems to be sleeping with just about every man in sight, including Mitsuo’s best friend Koji.
This film is based on the 1980 novel of the same name by Wahei Tatematsu.