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Kappa Senô (based on the novel by) and
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Release Date:
10 August 2013 (Japan) See more »
Narrated and viewed from the perspective of a child in the family, Shoonen H portrays the daily trials... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Yutaka Mizutani ... Morio
Ran Itô ... Toshiko
Tatsuki Yoshioka
Shun Oguri
Ittoku Kishibe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yurine Hanada

Jun Kunimura

Gregory Pekar ... James Allen Baker
Taichi Saotome
Hinata Sasaki
Dasha Teranishi ... Misses Staples

Directed by
Yasuo Furuhata 
Writing credits
Kappa Senô (based on the novel by)

Ryota Furusawa  screenplay

Mao Asou .... stunt performer

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Also Known As:
"Shônen H" - Japan (original title)
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A movie that will be seen for long, 9 September 2013
Author: Furuya Shiro from Yokohama, Japan

This movie portrays the life of a tailor and his family from their boy's viewpoint. The locale is Kobe, Japan before, under and after the WW2. The husband and wife are protestant Christians, minority in Japanese society even today.

The father looks confident as a tailor, always having positive view of life. The mother has strong sense of mission as a Christian, sometimes excessively strong faith. For the boy, having such mother sometimes makes his daily life difficult, but thanks to his father who even takes him to his foreign clients, the boy learns a lot in life.

As the nation goes towards militarism and fascism, tribulations come to the Christian home. As people see Christians close to foreigners and thus suspect them of spying. The father's attitude for each issue is reassuring. From his attitude after the war, we can see it is not only his faith but also his pride as a professional tailor that support him.

As a movie that portrays Japan around the war, and as a movie that portrays a family, I think Shonen H will be seen for long. Since the plot is written from the child's viewpoint, it has simple plot structure, without any side stories. Therefore everyone may have own sentiment.

As for acting performance, the boy and the girl act very well. When the girl is sent for evacuation, getting on the train, she is nearly crying. The boy quirks his face to make her laugh, and the girl's face becomes half smiling and half crying. Her face is unforgettable.

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