A Straightforward Boy

Ozu Yasujirō | 1929 | ★★★
A kidnapper coaxes a young boy away from his home neighbourhood with sweets and toys, taking him back to his partner-in-crime at their hideout. However, the boy’s insatiable appetite for mischief and mayhem causes them to set him free. Never the less, knowing that he’s on to a good thing, he reject’s his freedom and determines to stay around, in this gently amusing slapstick comedy. The performances of Saitō Tatsuo, Aoki Tomio, and Sakamoto Takeshi all prove memorable.