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Setouchi shonen yakyu dan (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 17 May 1985 (USA)
In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come to terms with their nation's defeat and the sudden occupation of General MacArthur ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Takaya Yamauchi ...
Ryuta
Yoshiyuki Omori ...
Saburo
Shiori Sakura ...
Takeme "Mume" Hatano
Masako Natsume ...
Komako
Hideji Ôtaki ...
Ashigara
Haruko Katô ...
Haru
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Tetsuo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naomi Chiaki ...
Miyo
Hiromi Gô ...
Masao Nakai
Jûzô Itami ...
Hatano
...
Tome
Bill Jenson
Ryôsuke Miki
Howard Muffett
Shinsuke Shimada ...
Jiro
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In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come to terms with their nation's defeat and the sudden occupation of General MacArthur and his troops. Written by Howell Parry <parryh@hotmail.com>

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A Wonderful, Overlooked Film
27 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

The English title is an inaccurate and misleading translation, as it really has little to do with MacArthur or his children. However, it does focus on the impact of the Japanese loss of WWII through the eyes of children, and it's in those childhood responses, relationships, and dynamics that the film becomes charming. Counterpointing the world of children struggling to cope in guileless ways are adults dealing with the shift and disruption to their own lives and futures, and in Kurosawa-esquire fashion (though more subtly), the ethical adult struggles of right and wrong, of giri and ninjo. We also get to see actor Juzo Itami before his directing debut as well as the film debut of Ken Watanabe. Cinematography is by Kazuo Miyagawa who was behind the lens for Rashomon, Yojimbo, and Ozu's Ukigusa Monogatari. It's a gentle, restrained view into the tumultuous transitions in Japan set in motion after the war defeat, full of humanity and compassion.


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