Brothers Zenta (Hayam Masao) and Sanpei (Bakuden Kozo) carelessly wile their summer away in the countryside, bullying neighbor Kintaro and fighting over who gets to deliver their father’s daily lunchbox. Sunny days come to an abrupt end when their father is accused of forging documents and put in jail. While his mother looks for work, Sanpei is sent away to stay with his father’s retired schoolmaster, but he can’t stop getting into trouble.
Shimizu Hiroshi was born in Shizuoka Prefecture on 28 March, 1903 and died in Kyoto on 23 June, 1966. He dropped out of his studies at Hokkaido University in order to join Shochiku’s Kamata studio as a director’s assistant in 1922. By the age of 21, he had risen to the rank of director with his first film, Toge no kanata (Beyond the Pass, 1924), and proceeded to forge a reputation as a skillful director, particularly of melodramas and comedies. A “trial marriage” to the actress Tanaka Kinuyo in 1927 ended in divorce two years later. Shimizu directed 140 films for Shochiku up to and throughout World War II. After the war he established the Hachinosu Eiga studio in collaboration with several colleagues. This allowed him to work independently of the studios, and films such as Children of the Beehive (1948), where he employed homeless children he had taken in and raised himself, resulted. He also directed films for Shin-Toho and Daiei, the last of which, Haha no… read more
Shimizu made several films about childhood in his career and had such an affinity with children that he even adopted several who were orphaned after the Second World War. In this charming example two young boys have to learn to cope with changes in their home life when their father is accused of embezzlement and imprisoned. The younger, more troublesome of the two is sent to live with others but struggles to settle..
Hiroshi Shimizu’s Children in the Wind is about children, to put it frankly. Not delinquent children, but children who get in trouble and learn from their mistakes. However, being set in 1930’s Japan… read review