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Straightforward Boy (1929)

Tokkan kozô (original title)
A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

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O. Henry (story "The Ransom of Red Chief"), Tadao Ikeda | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Bunkichi, a kidnapper
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Tetsubo
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Boss Gontora
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A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

24 November 1929 (Japan) See more »

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Runtime:

(extant fragments) | (original length)

Sound Mix:

Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This was released (sourced from what remains of the film in a 14-minute fragment off of a 35mm print) on the Criterion Blu-ray disc for Good Morning (1959). See more »

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Early Ozu, with Laughs
7 May 2007 | by czarowojSee all my reviews

Yasujiro Ozu's 'A Straightforward Boy' is a short, comic sketch about a bumbling small-time criminal who kidnaps a boy, brings him home, finds the boy incredibly insufferable, and then can't seem to get rid of him. It's slight, it's slightly funny, and it shows off decent technique; if little else. It's certainly not a waste of time, however, and, in its own, quaint way is even kind of entertaining, and lively. Just don't expect too much.

If the film deserves a place in the film history of Yasujiro Ozu, it deserves none in the larger realm of world cinema history. By this time, much better films that deserve your time much more than 'A Straightforward Boy' were being made.

In short, if the film's director wasn't Ozu, there'd be really no reason to watch it. But, because the director is Ozu, things are mildly interesting.


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