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The Yamaguchis' Story
Mr Yamaguchi is a typical Tokyo 'salaryman': workaholic, conformist and, like most Japanese, uninterested in religion.
When his wife discovers he's been having an affair, and tries to kill herself, their world is thrown into confusion.
In search of help,
Mrs Yamaguchi joins Shinnyuen, one of the new evangelistic Buddhist sects that have grown up in the post-war period. She becomes a 'born-again Buddhist'.
Mr Yamaguchi is horrified.
Buddhism for him is reserved for funeral services; he distrusts Shinnyuen's new-fangled style.
This film traces what happens to the Yamaguchis' marriage, and looks at how the new sects are answering the spiritual needs of people who have suffered the flip-side of the economic miracle. Film cameraman NIGEL MEAKIN Film editor MASAHIRO HIRAKUBO Producer JOHN-PAUL DAVIDSON Everyman editor JANE DRABBLE
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