In rural Japan, farmers protest after their access to their water storage is blocked by corrupt landowners. The botanist Ikushima tries to resolve the conflict by locating an alternate water source for the peasants. Meanwhile, he falls in love with Motoko, who is the secretary and liaison of Tachibana, who owns the water storage. With both men being in love with Motoko, soon tensions start to escalate.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi. AKA Fountainhead.
Stars: Ushio Akashi, Ineko Arima, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Yôko Katsuragi, Daisuke Katō, Toshiko Kobayashi, Toshiaki Konoe, Hiroko Nakagawa, Shizue Natsukawa, Toranosuke Ogawa, Shin Saburi, Keiji Sada, Tsutomu Shimomoto, Ryôhei Uchida, Fumio Watanabe, Kazuko Yamamoto.
Note: Many thanks to Pablo for the synopsis.