Itazu (1987)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Japanese Forest of Little Bear is a neat crisis-of-conscience fable. A poverty-stricken family man makes a desperate bid at a quick financial turnover. A vicious bear has been terrorizing the countryside, and a price has been put on its head. Upon killing the bear, the man exults over the prospect of the huge reward. But the bear has left behind a cute, helpless little cub--and now the hunter feels like a criminal. Not really a family picture, Forest of Little Bear is nonetheless ideal Saturday-afternoon TV fare, and as such has been endlessly rerun by local UHF outlets.



bear, cub, dilemma, family, father, forest, head [body part], helpless, hunting, Japan, man-eater, poverty, return, reward