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Skinny and Fatty (1958)
"Chibideka monogatari" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family  -  1958 (Japan)
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Two young Japanese schoolboys, one skinny and poor, one fat and well-to-do, become unlikely friends.


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A poignant children's film about Oyama, a new kid in school, who is teased for being fat until Komatsu shows him that he has to believe in himself. Komatsu's attempt to help Oyama master the rope climb in gym class is particularly memorable. Quite popular in the United States due to repeated showings on The CBS Children's Film Festival in the 1960s and 70s. Written by

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Remade as Chibideka monogatari (1978) See more »

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A memorable film
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like the other 40 somethings that have posted above, I too was deeply affected by this film. All these years, the film has stayed with me deep in the recesses of memories. I loved Sharri Lewis and Kukla Fran and Ollie. I would love to see the film again.

This was my first "foreign film" and it was quite exotic to see characters speaking Japanese on our little black and white TV. I remember being struck by how much I could relate to the boys (being of the same age at the time) and thinking it odd that someone so different could be the same. It brought tears to my eyes those boys were facing the same things I was as a boy in the schoolyard in Massachusetts.

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