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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

Writers:

O. Henry (story "The Ransom of Red Chief"), Tadao Ikeda | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Bunkichi, a kidnapper
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Tetsubo
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Boss Gontora
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Storyline

A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.

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Genres:

Short | Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

24 November 1929 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Straightforward Boy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku Kinema (Kamata) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(extant fragments) | (original length)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Introducing Japan's Dennis the Menace
13 December 2003 | by alsolikelifeSee all my reviews

Takeshi Sakamoto and Tatsuo Saito are two bumbling child kidnappers (Sakamoto carries a butterfly net if that gives you an idea of his skill level) who abduct a boy (Tomio Aoki, Japan's Dennis the Menace) who turns out to be more than they bargained for. Pieces of this slapstick crime caper based on O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief" are missing throughout, but it still plays coherently and has its share of hilarious moments.


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