After a failed attempt to solve a kidnapping, a hostage-negoiator goes wandering through a forest. There, in a clearing, he encounters a strange tree which is being fought over by the local residents: an environmental activist is trying to save it; a group of growers wants to uproot it and sell it, and a botanist claims that the tree is causing the destruction of the forest. Reflecting environmental concerns about the destruction of nature, the film goes on to depict a ruthless rivalry to control Nature ( and how Nature itself fights back). Essentially an allegory, the film becomes the reflection of a violent and conflicting social landscape.
Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ren Ôsugi, Yoriko Dôguchi, Jun Fubuki
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa