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Muddy River (1981)

Doro no kawa (original title)
In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty.

Director:

Kôhei Oguri

Writers:

Teru Miyamoto (novel), Takako Shigemori
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Takahiro Tamura ... Shinpei Itakura
Mariko Kaga ... Shoko Matsumoto, Kiichi and Ginko's mother
Nobutaka Asahara Nobutaka Asahara ... Nobuo Itakura
Makiko Shibata Makiko Shibata ... Ginko Matsumoto
Minoru Sakurai Minoru Sakurai ... Kiichi Matsumoto
Yumiko Fujita Yumiko Fujita ... Sadako Itakura, Nobuo's mother
Gannosuke Ashiya Gannosuke Ashiya ... Shinoda, the horse cart man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reiko Hatsune Reiko Hatsune ... Tabacco shop woman
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie ... Policeman
Yoshitaka Nishiyama Yoshitaka Nishiyama ... Warehouse guard
Taiji Tonoyama ... Man on festival boat
Masako Yagi Masako Yagi ... Shinpei's first wife
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Storyline

Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends. The two families' "businesses" are in fact dining and prostitution. When Nobou, the restauranteur's son, loses his pocket money during the Tenjin Festival, Kiichi, the prostitute's boy, invites him home, and he learns the truth. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 January 1981 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Muddy River See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kimura Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Japan's official submission to the 1982's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Deeply moving
2 January 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

This flawless movie, directed by Japan's Kohei Oguri, is one of the half dozen best films ever made about childhood -- the others are FORBIDDEN GAMES (Fr), 400 BLOWS (Fr), THE NIGHT OF GTHE HUNTER, SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (Fr), PIXOTE (Brazil), RUNNER (Ir), THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Czech) and THE CROW (Czech).

An intensely moving and naturalistic study of a poor family living on a permanent river barge, its central focus is the friendship of two children.

The atmosphere Oguri conjures is nothing less than amazing and all performances are peerless.

See this before you die.


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