, 95min, OmeU
The idea to make my first dramatic film, <i>Otoshiana</i>, came when I saw Abe Kôbôs <i>Rengoku</i> (Purgatory), a television drama produced and broadcast by a Kyûshû television station, and thought it could be made into a film. It was a drama on the theme of the Mitsui-Miike Coal Mine strike, then a large social problem, and was shown as a television film at the Art Festival. I intuitively thought that if I could practically present an extremely realistic depiction of Abe Kôbôs unique allegorical story against the background of a desolate Kyûshû coal mining town, a fantastic space would emerge from the conflict between the two.
(Teshigahara Hiroshi, in: «Japanese Documentaries of the 1960s», Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Catalogue 1993, pp. 4243)