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Muddy River (1981)
"Doro no kawa" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  30 January 1981 (Japan)
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Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends. The two families' "businesses" are in fact dining and prostitution. When Nobou, the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Shinpei Itakura
Mariko Kaga ...
Shoko Matsumoto, Kiichi and Ginko's mother
Nobutaka Asahara ...
Nobuo Itakura
Makiko Shibata ...
Ginko Matsumoto
Minoru Sakurai ...
Kiichi Matsumoto
Yumiko Fujita ...
Sadako Itakura, Nobuo's mother
Gannosuke Ashiya ...
Shinoda, the horse cart man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reiko Hatsune ...
Tabacco shop woman
Keizô Kanie ...
Policeman
Yoshitaka Nishiyama ...
Warehouse guard
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Man on festival boat
Masako Yagi ...
Shinpei's first wife
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Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends. The two families' "businesses" are in fact dining and prostitution. When Nobou, the restauranteur's son, loses his pocket money during the Tenjin Festival, Kiichi, the prostitute's boy, invites him home, and he learns the truth. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Deeply moving
2 January 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

This flawless movie, directed by Japan's Kohei Oguri, is one of the half dozen best films ever made about childhood -- the others are FORBIDDEN GAMES (Fr), 400 BLOWS (Fr), THE NIGHT OF GTHE HUNTER, SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (Fr), PIXOTE (Brazil), RUNNER (Ir), THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Czech) and THE CROW (Czech).

An intensely moving and naturalistic study of a poor family living on a permanent river barge, its central focus is the friendship of two children.

The atmosphere Oguri conjures is nothing less than amazing and all performances are peerless.

See this before you die.


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