A clever & uniquely composed independent work of cinematic art, from the creative hand of director Eizô Sugawa. Adapted from the 1969 play written by Inoue Hisashi, his gesaku; satirical comic works based on his personal perspectives are highly regarded. The foundation of this brilliant multi layered story opens in a theatre where a confession play is being acted out by a small group. It is a therapy session attempting to remedy stuttering, to unlock deep seated anxiety. A lively cast of interconnected characters come from varying social backgrounds. Interwoven are wonderful musical numbers, captivating, you never know exactly what to expect next. The film playfully diverges and reconnects back to its initial setting. A highly entertaining film, an Art Theatre Guild production, one which will need an extra viewing here to fully appreciate the depth of wit & intricacies of the Japanese dialogue & the dual character roles! Highly Recommended Classic Japanese cinema.