The story of the silk industry and the young girls who worked as silk spinners in the early 1900s in Japan. The silk mills were located in Okaya which lies just beyond the Nomugi Pass. The women and girls worked in a hot, humid atmosphere without rest, and endured those conditions and sexual harassment to earn money for their poor families. Across the ocean, it was the great depression in America.
Shinobu Otake as Mine Masai
Mieko Harada as Yuki Shinoda
Chikako Yuri as Hana Mishima
Yuko Kotegawa as Kiku Shoji
Rentaro Mikuni as Tokichi Adachi
An indictment of the treatment of Meiji period silkworkers by their employers.
The film was one of the last made by director Satsuo Yamamoto and was followed by a 1982 sequel, his final work, A, Nomugi toge: Shinryoku hen.
The Shogun Assassins (1979). Masaru Satoh composed the music for Oh! The Nomugi Pass and Hunter in the Dark. Masaru Satoh composed the music for Oh! The Nomugi Pass and A Distant Cry from Spring. Masaru Satoh composed the music for Oh! The Nomugi Pass and The Yellow Handkerchief. Mieko Harada appears in Oh! The Nomugi Pass and After the Rain.