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Shirō did not want to get anyone killed, but a gang leader named Kyōichi is killed thanks to the driving of his acquaintance Tamura. Kyoichi's mother, who witnesses the whole thing, plots revenge upon both of them. Shirō tries to report the incident to the police, but an accident occurs on the way there, and gets his fiancee Yukiko killed. Then he gets sidetracked with visiting his mother Ito, who is sick and dying, as well as meeting Sachiko, the daughter of a disgraced painter who is painting a portrait of Hell. Kyōichi's mother and his girlfriend attempt to avenge themselves, but everything goes pear-shaped as Shirō, Sachiko, Tamura, Kyōichi's mother, Kyōichi's girlfriend, and everyone at a party all wind up dead. And then, everything goes straight to Hell. Literally.


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Shirō did not want (Shigeru Amachi) is a mild-mannered divinity student. He is engaged to get anyone killed, but be married to Yukiko (Utako Mitsuya), the daughter of one of his teachers, Prof. Yajima. Shirō has poor taste in friends, unfortunately, hanging out with a creepy and rather unsettling fellow student named Tamura. One night when they've been out drinking, and with Tamura behind the wheel of the car, they strike and kill a gang leader named Kyōichi is killed thanks Kyōichi.

Tamura casually drives away, leaving Kyoichi
to die in the driving of his acquaintance Tamura. street, much to Shirō's horror. Tamura believes they weren't seen, but Kyoichi's mother, who witnesses the whole thing, mother did see them, and she plots revenge upon both of them. revenge. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes, with Yukiko killed in a car wreck while accompanying Shirō tries to report the incident to the police, but an accident occurs on the way there, and police station. A grief-stricken Shirō gets his fiancee Yukiko killed. Then he gets sidetracked with visiting more bad news when he's told that his mother Ito, who Ito is sick dying. He goes to visit her at the old folks' home that his parents operate, and dying, as well as meeting while there he meets the various sleazy and criminal residents of the dilapidated retirement home. The one non-disgusting person he meets at the home is Sachiko, who is the spitting image of Yukiko (and also played by Utako Mitsuya) the daughter of a disgraced painter who is painting a portrait of Hell. Hell.

Kyōichi's mother and his girlfriend track Shirō down to the retirement home and attempt to avenge themselves, but themselves. Tamura shows up at the home uninvited. Soon, everything goes pear-shaped as Shirō, Sachiko, Tamura, Kyōichi's mother, Kyōichi's girlfriend, and everyone at a party all wind up dead. And then, everything goes straight to Hell.

Literally.



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* SplitPersonality: It is very possible that Shirō has this, with Tamura as his dark side, like with ''Film/FightClub''.


* TheGrimReaper: Or the Japanese equivalent thereof. Tamura, who throughout the movie has been implied to possibly be supernatural, is revealed near the end to be "a demon, the accursed god of Hell."


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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. (He even manages to produce a photograph of Prof. Yajima stealing his comrade's water canteen some 15 years earlier during the war.) Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere. Then Tamura somehow manages to survive getting shot and falling a very long way off that rope bridge, showing back up at the retirement home with the gun. Towards the end, in Hell, Yukiko even calls him a demon, "the god of death,", to which Tamura cheerfully admits...but then we see him being tortured by the demon Lord Enma in the same way the other mortals were. It's rather confused.
--> '''Tamura''': I knew this would happen. I know everything, you know.


* TheGrimReaper: Or the Japanese equivalent thereof. Tamura, who throughout the movie has been implied to possibly be supernatural, is revealed near the end to be "a demon, the accursed god of Hell."



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. (He even manages to produce a photograph of Prof. Yajima stealing his comrade's water canteen some 15 years earlier during the war.) Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere. Then Tamura somehow manages to survive getting shot and falling a very long way off that rope bridge, showing back up at the retirement home with the gun.
--> '''Tamura''': I knew this would happen. I know everything, you know.


* ChekhovsClassroom: Prof. Yajima's lecture about Buddhist hell proves prescient.



* IronicHell: A man who took water from a dying fellow soldier during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII gets a torment similar to that of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Tantalus]].
* IronicName: The sad, dumpy BleakAbyssRetirementHome is called "Tenjoen"--"Heavenly Garden".

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* IronicHell: A man Prof. Yajima, who took water from a dying fellow soldier during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII gets a torment similar to that of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Tantalus]].
Tantalus]]--forever back in the war, dying of thirst, crawling to a puddle that evaporates as he approaches it.
* IronicName: The sad, dumpy BleakAbyssRetirementHome is called "Tenjoen"--"Heavenly "Tenjoen", aka "Heavenly Garden".



* ReligiousHorror: Welcome to Buddhist hell!

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* ReligiousHorror: Welcome to Buddhist hell!hell! There's a river made of pus and sewage!


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* SurpriseIncest: Shirō and Yukiko are just about to kiss when Ito pops up and tells them not to, as they are actually brother and sister. (Left unanswered is why they'd care, as they are ''already in Hell''.)


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere. Then Tamura somehow manages to survive getting shot and falling a very long way off that rope bridge, showing back up at the retirement home with the gun.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. (He even manages to produce a photograph of Prof. Yajima stealing his comrade's water canteen some 15 years earlier during the war.) Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere. Then Tamura somehow manages to survive getting shot and falling a very long way off that rope bridge, showing back up at the retirement home with the gun.

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* TwoActStructure: The first part in the mortal world, centering on Shirō as he goes through a tragedy, then goes to the BleakAbyssRetirementHome and meets a bunch of terrible people--all of whom die. Right at the midpoint of the film he descends to Hell, with the rest of the movie taking place there.


* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere. Then Tamura somehow manages to survive getting shot and falling a very long way off that rope bridge, showing back up at the retirement home with the gun.


** The residents in the shabby common room complain about the food and accuse the doctor of skimming off of their welfare payments; he angrily denies it.

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** The residents in the shabby common room complain about the food and accuse the doctor of skimming off of their welfare payments; he angrily denies it. He does however have no problem serving rotten fish to the residents.


* CorruptCop: Hariya, who wants to marry Sachiko, and threatens Ensai with an arrest for forgery if he doesn't give his daughter over. Tamura reveals that Hariya was bribed to perpetrate a FrameJob on a man who wound up killing himself.

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* CorruptCop: Hariya, who wants to marry Sachiko, and threatens Ensai with an arrest for forgery if he doesn't give his daughter over. Tamura reveals that Hariya was bribed to perpetrate a FrameJob on frame a man who wound up killing himself.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's not entirely clear just who, or what, Tamura is. He has an inexplicable knowledge of all the evil deeds committed by everyone else in the movie. Shirō sees the taxi driver change into Tamura just for a moment, right before the taxi driver crashes the car. In one scene where Shirō and Sachiko are chatting by the railroad tracks, Tamura suddenly appears out of nowhere. Later he appears at the rope bridge, again out of nowhere.
--> '''Tamura''': I knew this would happen. I know everything, you know.



* RecurringCameraShot: Women twirling parasols, then lowering them to reveal their faces. Yukiko does it with a pink one, her IdenticalStranger Sachiko does it with an identical pink one, and Yoko the slutty bar girl does it with a red one.



* TheSociopath: Tamura. He runs over and kills Kyōichi without even blinking over it, and blames Shirō for wanting to drive down the alley in the first place.

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* RopeBridge: There is an old rope bridge over a canyon near the retirement home. Yoko lures Shirō there in order to kill him--but she makes the serious mistake of wearing high heeled shoes for the meeting.
* TheSociopath: Tamura. He runs over and kills Kyōichi without even blinking over it, and blames Shirō for wanting to drive down the alley in the first place. (Although, since it's at least hinted that Tamura may be some kind of supernatural being, TheSociopath may not really apply.)


* CorruptCop: Hariya, who wants to marry Sachiko, and threatens Ensai with an arrest for forgery if he doesn't give his daughter over.

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** Tamura calls it "charmingly shabby."
* CorruptCop: Hariya, who wants to marry Sachiko, and threatens Ensai with an arrest for forgery if he doesn't give his daughter over. Tamura reveals that Hariya was bribed to perpetrate a FrameJob on a man who wound up killing himself.


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* IronicName: The sad, dumpy BleakAbyssRetirementHome is called "Tenjoen"--"Heavenly Garden".

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