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A Town of Love and Hope (1959)

Ai to kibô no machi (original title)
A young man runs a scam selling pigeons that always return to his home. A rich girl takes an interest in him and tries to help him find a good job.


Nagisa Ôshima


Nagisa Ôshima




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fumio Watanabe ... Yuji
Yuki Tominaga Yuki Tominaga ... Kyôko
Kakuko Chino Kakuko Chino ... Miss Akiyama
Yûko Mochizuki ... Kuniko
Fujio Suga ... Kuhara
Hiroshi Fujikawa Hiroshi Fujikawa ... Masao
Michio Ito Michio Ito ... Yasue
Noboru Sakashita Noboru Sakashita ... Taizô
Toyoko Uryû Toyoko Uryû ... Isako
Yôji Doki Yôji Doki
Taiko Goto Taiko Goto
Keiji Ueda Keiji Ueda ... Yano
Nobuo Takagi Nobuo Takagi ... Tamio
Hisashi Taki Hisashi Taki ... Policeman
Yoshino Tani Yoshino Tani ... Shoeshine


A young man runs a scam selling pigeons that always return to his home. A rich girl takes an interest in him and tries to help him find a good job.

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The director had intended to call the film The Boy Who Sold His Pigeon, but was overruled by the studio and its producer. See more »


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Class Warfare
11 October 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Hiroshi Fujikawa has a scam of selling his sister's pet pigeons, knowing they will fly back if they get the chance. He's done it before and expects to do it again. His family is desperately poor. His mother is a shoe shine, but is sick and cannot work, and welfare does not pay enough for them to live on. His mother wants him to go to high school, and his teacher, Kakuko Chino, understands her desire and their plight.

Fujikawa has sold the pigeons this time to Yuki Tominaga. Her younger brother is sick, and never likes the gifts she brings, When Miss Chino finds out about the pigeon scam, she explains to Miss Tominaga, who tries to get Fujikawa a job at her father's company. Her elder brother, Fumio Watanabe, begins a courtship with Miss Chino.

Nagisa Ôshima's first movie as a director is an overt and strident study of class warfare in the new Japan of rich businessmen and the poverty stricken. set in the industrial sections of Tokyo. Although I thought the ending a bit over the top, it's a cleanly written and performed movie with something to say.

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Release Date:

17 November 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Street of Love and Hope See more »

Filming Locations:

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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2.35 : 1
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