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I Want to Be a Shellfish (1959)

89 min | Drama, War

On a post-war peaceful day in Japan, Toyomatsu Shimizu, a barber as well as a good father and husband, is suddenly arrested by the Prefectural Police as a war criminal and sued for murder. According to the accusation by GHQ, Toyomatsu "...See moreOn a post-war peaceful day in Japan, Toyomatsu Shimizu, a barber as well as a good father and husband, is suddenly arrested by the Prefectural Police as a war criminal and sued for murder. According to the accusation by GHQ, Toyomatsu "attemped to kill a US prisoner", which was nothing but an order by his superior and failed after all with hurting the prisoner by weak Toyomatsu. Also, Toyomatsu was driven to corner at the trial by the fact that he fed the US prisoner some burdock roots to nourish him. Toyomatsu believes nothing but being not guilty, but he is sentenced to death by hanging. Prior to the execution, Toyomatsu writes a long farewell letter to his family, the wife and the only son: "If I ever incarnate, I hate to be a human being any more.... Oh yes, I would like to be...a shellfish living on the rock-bottom of the sea." Written by Harpo99 See less
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Updated Mar 17, 1971

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Mar 17, 1971 (United States)
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Furankî Sakai
Tomimatsu Shimizu Tomimatsu Shimizu   See fewer
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Michiyo Aratama
Fusae Shimizu Fusae Shimizu   See fewer
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Kumi Mizuno
Toshiko Toshiko   See fewer
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Daisuke Katô
Takeuchi Takeuchi   See fewer
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Susumu Fujita
General Yano General Yano   See fewer
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Chishû Ryû
Komiya Komiya   See fewer
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Tadao Nakamaru
Saburô Ônishi Saburô Ônishi   See fewer
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Yû Fujiki
Masashi Sakata Masashi Sakata   See fewer
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Kamatari Fujiwara
Lieutenant Adachi Lieutenant Adachi   See fewer
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Akihiko Hirata
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Yoshio Inaba
Sergeant Kimura Sergeant Kimura   See fewer
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Kazuo Katô
Tashiro Tashiro   See fewer
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Asao Koike
Private Tateishi Private Tateishi   See fewer
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Shinji Nanbara
Lieutenant Ogami Lieutenant Ogami   See fewer
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Masao Oda
Miyake Miyake   See fewer
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Takeo Oikawa
General Ogami General Ogami   See fewer
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Yutaka Sada
Private Takita Private Takita   See fewer
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Sachio Sakai
Driver Driver   See fewer
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Keiji Sakakida
Matsuda Matsuda   See fewer
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Kyorô Sakurai
Yamaguchi Yamaguchi   See fewer
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Ikio Sawamura
Barbar Client Barbar Client   See fewer
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Ichirô Shimizu
Takuji Nishizawa Takuji Nishizawa   See fewer
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Akio Sugano
Ken'ichi Shimizu Ken'ichi Shimizu   See fewer
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Jun Tatara
Nemoto Nemoto   See fewer
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Kamayuki Tsubono
Kawahara Kawahara   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 34 votes