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122 Ratings

Flunky, Work Hard!

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Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1931
Drama, Silent, Short


Mikio Naruse’s earliest film in circulation is a charming, breezy short about an impoverished insurance salesman, Okabe, who is desperate to sell a policy to a wealthy family, and his scrappy young son.

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Flunky, Work Hard! Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

An appealing 29-minute O. Henry-like vignette, modest in ambition but notable both for Naruse’s mastery of gag comedy and for its fluid transition from comedy to tragedy.
June 06, 2016
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