Shimizu’s early classic of independent Japanese cinema features a group of war orphans initially seen scratching out an existence through black market work, as they are taken under the wing of a nameless soldier, just repatriated after the war.
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I'm the first to write a comment on this film!? Post-war Japan following a group of orphaned boys. Shimizu was a director that cared about these children and went as far as to create a foundation to support the orphans. The film also briefly visited the ruins of Hiroshima. It is nearly impossible to find but makes for a truly worth-while treasure hunt that desperately needs a restoration!
It forever blows my mind how honest and true kids can be in front of a camera. Shimizu was the master at harnessing these raw emotions. The little fella in the Kurosawa hat was great and the tough one in the black shirt (who had strangely adult mannerisms) was equally as good. The terrifying mountain climb was astounding to watch.