A very moving drama of how calamities can bring about so much damage and heartbreak. This movie by Sion Sono is a melodramatic and poetic drama that evokes a lot of powerful emotions indeed. Very impressive performances and the characters of Yasuhiko and Chieko as the two elderly couple who stayed behind despite of the warnings are memorable. Isao Natsuyagi delivers an intense and powerful performance as Yasuhiko while Naoko Otani as Cheiko was such a natural in portraying the senile yet joyful character. This is a tearjerker especially during that scene where Yasuhiko decides to take their lives during the latter part. This is a must-see!