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When not making goofy giant monster movies Toho were known for their bleak period pieces, this is the latter.
It tells the story of one girls struggle as she fights to make her way through a difficult life, poverty, hunger and poor companion choices. As you can imagine this critically acclaimed piece doesn't make for the easiest viewing.
At just over two hours in length it manages to spread out the girls plight and it makes for a very sad watch. Many Toho movies are and it's very difficult to find a balance of sadness and entertainment, there is only so dark you can go before the latter becomes absent.
I'm not sure the balance was right here, though it has its moments it's a very bleak little story and might not have quite the payoff you feel necessary.
Watchable stuff, great performances but I struggled to find enjoyment.
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Children should thank their fathers for skipping their first 8yrs
Can you imagine how miserable the movie would be if Toho merged the bleak with the monsters!?
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