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Boy (1969)

Shônen (original title)
A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam.

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Takeo Omura
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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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Con artists
4 February 2003 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

Based on the true story of Iwao Nakamoto (1922 - ?) & Hatsue Deguchi (1939 - ?).

A chance accident caused one of the Japan's most controversial series of crimes in the 1960s. When Deguchi received in April 1966 the then considerable sum of 20,000 yen from the driver of a car that hit her and caused a minor injury, she and common-law husband Nakamoto struck on a plan that would earn their family millions of yen.

The pair forced Nakamoto's 10-year-old son and their 3-year-old son to walk hither and yon, but especially into the sides of slow-traveling cars. Once they'd been hit, the kids promptly hit the ground and pretended that a fatal blow had struck them.

The tears would flow freely and Nakamoto would rush across to the party "at fault" in the accident and demand compensation in return for not suing them. The family worked on the scheme for months until they were finally caught.

They ended up pulling off about 60 scams that netted them over 2 million yen. Renowned director Nagisa Oshima used the story to make the hit 1969 film "Shonen," the proceeds of which he used to pay for his controversial movie "In the Realm of the Senses."


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