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Boy (1969)
"Shônen" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  9 April 1970 (USA)
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A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam.

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Fumio Watanabe ...
Takeo Omura
Akiko Koyama ...
Takeko Taniguchi
Tetsuo Abe ...
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Unmarried couple Takeo Omura and Takeko Kaniguchi travel across Japan with their two sons, the eldest, Toshio, who is biologically his but not hers. They are con artists, whose scam is for her to jump alongside moving vehicles feigning being hit and injured, while he, playing the outraged husband, negotiates with the worried driver for an unofficial cash settlement in return for not calling the police reporting the motorist's "guilt". She often does sustain minor injuries from the ruse. She believes that they will continue doing this work until they have enough money to settle down in one place, where he will get a legitimate job. However, he wants to continue the scam indefinitely as he, a veteran, claims that injuries he sustained during the war would prevent him from obtaining that legitimate work. When Toshio reaches age ten in 1966, they enlist him in the con, he now playing the accident victim, with Takeko now playing the concerned mother role. They even manufacture real bruises... Written by Huggo

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Not Your Average Con Film
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's based on real events reported in Japanese newspapers in 1966 about a man using his wife and 10-year-old son in auto-accident scams. The father is an out of work brute who gambles and moves his family all over Japan pulling schemes. Unlike most con artist films, the swindler lacks any kind of charm and is a complete tyrant to those closes to him. As for his partner in crime, she has faults of her own but also a few redemptive qualities. The most sympathetic character as you know it is the boy. He retreats into fantasies to escape his abusive environment and loss of innocence. Most con stories revolve around plots about big scores, but Nagisa Ôshima's drama differs in that it tells a realistic and heartbreaking tale of a broken home.


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