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Straightforward Boy (1929)

Tokkan kozô (original title)
A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

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O. Henry (story "The Ransom of Red Chief"), Tadao Ikeda | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Bunkichi, a kidnapper
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Tetsubo
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Boss Gontora
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A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

24 November 1929 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(extant fragments) | (original length)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was released (sourced from what remains of the film in a 14-minute fragment off of a 35mm print) on the Criterion Blu-ray disc for Good Morning (1959). See more »

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Straightforward?... Really?
27 August 2006 | by GrandeMargueriteSee all my reviews

A short silent film, "A Straightforward Kid" (aka "The Charging Kid") follows the misadventures of a kidnapper (Tatsuo Saito) who lures a cherubic, bespectacled boy (Tomio Aoki) with toys and treats back into the hideout. However, when the mischievous and precocious boy becomes too much of a handful, the kidnapper's attempts to get rid of him proves to be a greater challenge than the abduction itself. In my opinion, the film is heavily influenced by Chaplin's silent films (which is not the worst reference one may pick). Funny at moments, Ozu's fans will enjoy this lightweight comedy. Note also that true to his tradition of directing often the same actors, Ozu used actors Tatsuo Saito and Tomio Aoki in many other films of the same period.


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