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Hogaraka ni ayume (1930)

A small-time hood wants to go straight for a good girl but finds that starting over isn't as simple as it sounds.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Tadao Ikeda (screenplay), Hiroshi Shimizu (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Satoko Date Satoko Date ... Chieko
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara
Hiroko Kawasaki Hiroko Kawasaki ... Yasue Sugimoto
Kenji Kimura Kenji Kimura
Nobuko Matsuzono Nobuko Matsuzono ... Yasue's sister
Teruo Môri Teruo Môri ... Gunpei
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Ono, the company's president
Utako Suzuki Utako Suzuki ... The mother
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Kenji Koyama
Hisao Yoshitani Hisao Yoshitani ... Senko
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Kenji is a small thief who likes drinking and fighting. When he falls in love with sweet and simple Yazue, and she finds out what kind of guy he really is, she leaves him 'until he becomes an honest person'. But it is not easy to get rid of one's past... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walk Cheerfully See more »

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Shochiku Kinema (Kamata) See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Japanese Gangsters
6 May 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Kenji is a small thief who likes drinking and fighting. When he falls in love with sweet and simple Yazue, and she finds out what kind of guy he really is, she leaves him 'until he becomes an honest person'.

George Fox wrote: "Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you." How does that quote relate to the film? I am not entirely sure, though it seems to be the source of the title. Perhaps there is a deeper message. Regardless, Ozu made twenty-six movies in his first five years as a director (including this one), and this is a solid film. Who knew that Japan had American-style gangsters in the 1930s?


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