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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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29 August 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'll admit first of all that I don't remember details of this movie (no danger of a spoiler!), but I did an Internet search for it simply because of the impact it made on me 40 years ago when I saw it as a child of seven, which is the approximate age of the characters. I do remember that the movie was in Japanese, which seemed quite novel to me, but which in no way deterred from the story or the impact. To this day, I am still moved emotionally by the story of friendship, love, and courageous acceptance between two boys, one socially acceptable, one not. I am glad to discover so many others across the world enjoyed "my" movie.

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