Review of “The Very Edge of Happiness” (1973)


Tsutsui Yasutaka (writer).

Read in 2022.

A family behaves badly toward one another. An unrelated woman murders her child in public. The beach is crowded, but the only way to go is forward.

This is so full of Tsutsui’s caricatures that I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be about psychological pressure driving people to madness like the muckers of Stand on Zanzibar (1968) or if it was just improvised with no aim in mind. It has the character of a nightmare.

References here: The Simpsons (1989).

text Japanese production fiction