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Doro no kawa

Kôhei Oguri Japan, 1981

Brotherdeacon's rating of the film Muddy River

In a vivid dream of youth we're shown the evolving depth of experience and emotional wonder when two river urchins in postwar Japan find friendship with all its attendant delight and cruelty. Kohei Oguri attains a rarefied altitude of thoughtful art which expands from the personal to the historic to a world view which will never be bested by growing older or wiser. We are all mindful agents of torture and devotion.