A Straightforward Boy
OZU Yasujiro 内山拓也
突貫小僧
Tokkan kozō

Japan
1929
23
Black & white
English
subtitles

A boy is kidnapped, but the mischievous kid proves to be far more trouble to the kidnappers than he’s worth. Gem of a silent comedy by none other than OZU Yasujiro. For decades it seemed entirely lost, until thirteen minutes of footage surfaced in 1988. Now ten more minutes, never seen before, have been found, and the entire 23 minutes have been digitally restored. Accompanied with live experimental improvisation by the Rotterdam Kinematic Ensemble.

Screening with Ghost Stories: Fox and Tanuki. Total screening time is 59 minutes.

Een kleine jongen wordt ontvoerd, maar het ondeugende joch blijkt de ontvoerders al snel meer problemen op te leveren dan hij waard is. Een heerlijke stille komedie van niemand minder dan OZU. Decennialang werd de film volledig verloren gewaand, totdat er 13 minuten van werden gevonden. Nu zijn er nog 10 nog nooit eerder vertoonde minuten gevonden, en de volledige 23 minuten zijn digitaal gerestaureerd. Met muzikale begeleiding van het Rotterdam Kinematic Ensemble, dat live experimenteel zal improviseren.

 

OZU Yasujiro 小津安二郎 was one of the foremost and beloved directors of Japanese cinema of all time. Although he already began his career in the silent era, mostly making comedies, he is considered one of the four great directors of Japan of the postwar era. The other three being KUROSAWA Akira, MIZOGUCHI Kenji, and NARUSE Mikio. His 1953 film Tokyo Story has often been hailed as the best film of all time. His gentle family dramas and comedies and distinct style have been a great influence on scores of filmmakers worldwide.

1962 – An Autumn Afternoon 秋刀魚の味
1961 – The End of Summer 小早川家の秋
1960 – Late Autumn 秋日和
1959 – Floating Weeds 浮草
1959 – Good Morning お早よう
1958 – Equinox Flower 彼岸花
1957 – Tokyo Twilight 東京暮色
1953 – Tokyo Story 東京物語
1951 – Early Summer 麥秋
1949 – Late Spring 晩春
1942 – There Was a Father 父ありき
1936 – The Only Son 一人息子
1934 – A Story of Floating Weeds 浮草物語
1933 – Dragnet Girl 非常線の女
1932 – I Was Born, But…大人の見る繪本 生れてはみたけれど
1929 – A Straightforward Boy 突貫小僧