Acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kuresawa examines urban disillusionment and disaffected youth in this beautifully stylized mystical film.
Friends Mamoru and Yuji are aimless young men stuck in dead-end jobs in a dreary factory in Tokyo. Mamoru, the more antisocial of the two, is obsessed with his pet project of acclimatising a poisonous jellyfish to fresh water. One night, he inexplicably murders his boss' family and is sentenced to death. Yuji, left to continue the jellyfish experiment, befriends Mamoru's estranged father, Shin-ichiro, and the two form a bond. But Yuji's attachment to the jellyfish is even stronger, and problems arise when he accidentally releases the poisonous creature into the canals of Tokyo.