|The Rice People|
Original Japanese poster.
|Directed by||Tadashi Imai|
|Produced by|| Nobusaburō Honda |
|Written by||Yasutarō Yagi|
|Music by||Akutagawa Yasushi|
|Edited by||Yoshiki Nagasama|
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