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The Scythian Lamb
(羊の木)

Daihachi Yoshida

"He discovers that the motley crew of newcomers have a chequered past..." 

The dwindling port town of Uobuka decides to welcome six strangers into the community in an effort to mitigate its population decline. Unassuming city official Hajime Tsukisue (Ryo Nishikido) is put in charge of the welcoming committee, making sure that the outsiders settle in well. Before long, his initially friendly attitude begins to wane as he discovers that the motley crew of newcomers have a chequered past and uneasiness begins to creep over the town’s residents. He soon discovers that the mysterious six are being rehabilitated as part of the government’s new parole initiative. But as the strangers begin to infiltrate the town, establishing relationships with the locals, inexplicable things being to occur.

Blending dark humour and taut suspense, director Daihachi Yoshida studies the human condition in his adaptation of a thriller Manga by the maestro team of Yamagami Tatsuhiko and Mikio Igarashi.