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Gen, a 10-year-old boy, lives with his widowed father, a Buddhist priest, and his little sister in rural Japan. The boy's peaceful life is disrupted when his father decides to remarry; and to avoid conflicts with his new wife, whose son from a former marriage died a short time before, the father places Gen in the home of a parishioner in another village. The parishioner, an old woman who dislikes children, constantly scolds Gen and provides him a steady stream of menial tasks to perform. One day the boy discovers a small idol of Fudo-myoh, a god whose image he carries in an amulet he prizes, in the village shrine; he takes the idol home with him and when alone talks to it about his problems. His theft is discovered, and Gen is returned to his father and stepmother, who are having marital problems. Resentful of her stepson, the woman tosses his amulet aside and then leaves home when Gen accuses her of stealing it. Some months later Gen and his sister leave home in an effort to find their step-mother, but their actions are misinterpreted, and upon their return Gen is sent away for adoption.
Released in Japan in 1961 as Gen to Fudo-myoh; running time: 120 min.