Two Japanese goblins with long, lovely noses decide to prove once and for all whose proboscis is the most beautiful.
The two younger daughters of an old washerwoman are lovely, foolish, and useless, while the oldest is homely, clever, and strong. When the two younger sisters disappear and are reported dead, Assunta resolves to discover the truth and rescue her sisters.
When a barber finds the nose of one of his clients in a loaf of bread baked by his wife, strange events ensue as the client tries to get his nose back. At the same time, in another part of the city, the Deputy Inspector of Reindeer awoke and looked in the mirror–only to find a totally empty spot where his nose should have been.
After disappearing from the Deputy Inspector’s face, his nose shows up around town before returning to its proper place. Based on a story by Nikolai Gogol.