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Nijisseiki shônen dokuhon (1989)

Two brothers, Jinta and Wataru, are raised in a travelling circus. After an accident, Jinta decides to leave the circus and travels the countryside working as a con-man. After a run-in with... See full summary »

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Hiroshi Mikami ... Jinta
Moe Kamura ... Plaything / Omocha
Jian Xiu ... Wataru (as Xia Jian)
Michiru Akiyoshi ... Maria
Yuki Asayama ... Sayoko
Bunshi Katsura Vi ... Samejima (as Bunshi Katsura)
Haruko Wanibuchi ... Kimie
... Yoshimoto
Shirô Sano ... Hiroshi
Yukio Yamato ... Koji
Maki Ishikawa ... Yoshiko
Akira Ôizumi ... Ring Master
Akaji Maro ... Tattoo Master
Chuck ... Clown
Masashi Okuda ... Clown
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Two brothers, Jinta and Wataru, are raised in a travelling circus. After an accident, Jinta decides to leave the circus and travels the countryside working as a con-man. After a run-in with a local gang of yakuza, he is invited to join their ranks, where he makes the mistake of falling for a boss's mistress. Wataru stays with the circus and works hard to regain its former glory. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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23 November 1989 (Japan)  »

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Beautiful, if abstract drama
22 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Two young brothers in 1930's Japan are given away to a Circus, because their parents are poor. They both become great acrobats and they are acccepted into the family of the Circus. After a few years the elder brother runs away, because he has a leg injury and he fears that the boys will be thrown out. The elder brother becomes a con artist, only to be accepted in to a Yakuza clan, while the younger brother faces hardship and tragedy as the circus struggles. The older brother enjoys success, until he falls in love with the bosses "plaything" (a young girl used as a sex object).

A wonderful film, shot in black and white that uses some abtract images, at the same time it is a beautiful character driven piece of cinematic art. I was surprised that this film contained no violence or sex. It was perfect.


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