Seijun Suzuki went on to become a cult director, but even early on he was putting his own stamp on his genre B movies like Eight Hours Of Terror (1957). A train to Tokyo is delayed, so several passengers take a bus to Hashimoto (from Osaka to Mie?) to meet the train. However, they learn that two armed bank robbers are on the loose in the mountains they need to cross. Inevitably they cross paths with the robbers and the true personalities of the passengers emerge. First a detective is transporting a former medical doctor who has killed his wife and her husband in a fit of passion, agrees to minister the health of a baby who almost died when its mother tried to drown them in the river during a stop. The board director and salesman who were all bluster fold like chairs once the robbers arrive. An unlikely hero emerges as the prostitute lures one of the men into the woods and tricks him into stepping into a bear trap. She is ridiculed by the others for sleeping with African American soldiers-showing a passive sense of racism. Suzuki also smuggles in an anti-capitalist theme. He depicts the board director and salesman as anti-communistic in their rejection of the communist folk song and selfish interest as capitalists that they put forth over the good of the other bus passengers. Suzuki also manages to employ a number of cinematic effects throughout the film as well as interesting framing and angles. This is minor Suzuki, but remarkable for the skillfulness of his treatment of a typical thriller.