In 1944, a Japanese ship is sunk and its twelve crew seek refuge on the nearby Pacific island of Anatahan. Loosely based on real events, Josef von Sternberg’s 1953 tale of shipwrecked Japanese soldiers is one of desperation, base desire and the instability of moral codes.

The crew quickly discover that Anatahan is already inhabited by Keiko (Akemi Negishi) and her would-be husband, Kusakabe (Tadashi Sugamuna), left behind after the island’s plantation was abandoned. Keiko and Kusakabe have been living together for years in an abusive relationship. When the ship’s all male crew discover Keiko, they immediately begin vying for her attention and competing against Kusakabe for her affections.

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