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. —IMDb
Kohei Oguri was born in Gunma prefecture, northern Japan, in 1945, and worked as a freelance assistant director to Kirio Urayama and Masahiro Shibata. He made his directing debut in 1981 with “Doro no Kawa”, which was voted number one in KINEMA JUNPO’s best ten list, as well as receiving the Blue Ribbon Prize and the Mainichi Competition for Best Director. The film was also nominated for the Moscow Film Festival Silver Prize and the American Academy Prize (Foreign Films Section).
In 1984 came “Kayako no Tame-ni” (For Kayako) written by Lee Hwe-Song, which won the George Sadule Prize, a first for a Japanese director. In 1990, “Shi no Toge” won both the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize of the Jury and the FIPRESCI. All three of these films were set in the 1950s, and dealt with the themes of post war life and “the Japanese and I”.
In 1996 “Nemuru Otoko” became the first film to be both written and directed by Oguri, and it drew much attention from being produced and set in… read more
A quiet child witnesses the bittersweet rebuilding of a people, the remnants of a tragic national memory, and befriends desperate poverty; its mother itinerant prostitution.