Filmmakers Kazuhiko Ota, Makoto Shiina, and Makoto Wada try to revive the omnibus film -- which was popular during the late '80s but has since all but disappeared from the screens -- with this cinematic triptych about man and nature. The first segment, an animated short by Ota called "Suika o Katta," concerns a young boy's mission to get a watermelon in a sleepy rural village. The second section, called "Tononada Samehara Kaigan" and directed by Shiina, starts with a smartly dressed cityslicker (Masaaki Hayashi) driving his van on the beach, only to get stuck. The more he tries to free himself and his van, the more he sinks until he finds himself buried in a deep pit. He cooks a meal and waits for help. The next morning, the locals -- who are looking very local indeed -- build a scaffold of sorts and lower a bucket. He soon learns that the bucket is not for him but for the sand. First they demand that he fill up the pail with sand, then their demands get weirder and more frightening. Wada's segment "Gaku no Ehon" is about aging dog Gaku and his master, Otosan (Tomosuke Noda). They are first seen in a canoe peacefully going down river. Later, after Otosan sets up camp, makes dinner, and bunks down, the viewer enters the troubled sleep of Gaku as he dreams about frolicking with a comely female dog and watching a line of forest spirits in masks.
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