Cast & Crew
Sakata, a minor bureaucrat in the Ministry of Agriculture, is completely unaware that a polio epidemic is sweeping Japan in 1960. By accident he receives a phone call from a distraught mother whose child has contracted the disease. Concerned for his own children and shocked that the government is keeping the threat a secret, Sakata and some friends begin collecting statistics and handing out information about polio. At his mistress' bar, Sakata is told by a television reporter of an experimental Russian vaccine that could help stop the epidemic. Sakata offers his own two children for the tests, which prove successful. The vaccine stops the epidemic, and Sakata is a hero.
Released in Japan in 1965 as Ware hitotsubu no mugi naredo.