Starring: Tatsuo SaitÃŽ, Tomio Aoki
Plot: Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their new neighborhood. Their father is an office clerk who tries for advancement by playing up his boss. When the boys visit the boss’ house with their father, they discover that their dad has been making a fool of himself to please his boss, who’s son is an outwitted member of the boys’ gang. The brothers’ revolt claiming that hierarchy should be based on ability, not on social background.
Director YasujirÃŽ Ozu’s charming film is both a social satire on the rigid structure of Japanese society and a coming-of-age story about children learning to live in a less than perfect world. It is an enduring masterpiece that has maintained its universal appeal over the years. Sadly, many of the boys shown in the movie had to fight and die in a bloody war only ten years later, in part a consequence of the rigid social structure Ozu satirized in the film.