The film was made and released about thirteen years after its source novel "Gogo no Eiko" by Yukio Mishima had been first published in 1963. The book was first translated into English by John Nathan about two years later in 1965 - around eleven years before this film.
Debut film as a director of film & television writer Lewis John Carlino. The picture is the first of only three ever movies directed by Carlino [to date, June 2014], the two subsequent films being 高材生 (1983) and 霹雳上校 (1979).
Most movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "He gave his soul to the sea and his heart to a woman. Their love will arouse you. The story will disturb you. The ending will startle you".