A band of would-be criminals resolves to dig up a barrel of morphine buried ten years earlier in Osaka; a butcher shop has been erected over the burial spot, and the schemers rent a nearby room so they can tunnel to the stash. In part a comedy of manners, this 1958 film finds humor in the absurd ambitions of its protagonists, teaching a familiar lesson about the consequences of greed. As the group begins to suffer the predictable fissures, and the surrounding neighborhood is demolished, the film becomes a parable for the materialism of postwar Japan. Director Shohei Imamura calls his approach to filmmaking “workmanlike,” and while this is fairly bland cinema, it still fascinates with its weird story. in Japanese with subtitles. 100 min.