Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in an office and at night she prostitutes herself to fund her brother's studies at the ... See full summary »
A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro ... See full summary »
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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