Shonen (Boy)
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Shonen (Boy)
A family of four lives off of scams in which they pretend to be injured by automobiles. After suffering an injury during the war, the father believes he is an invalid. He and his wife have a 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. The adults pretend to be injured by autos in crowded traffic, blackmailing the fearful motorists with threats to call in the police. When the mother becomes pregnant, the young boy is called on to participate in the schemes. The wife promises her husband she will get an abortion but soon changes her mind without telling him. One motorist welcomes police intervention… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Happiness and contentment are not in the cards for Toshio, and ‘shima never sentimentalizes his existence nor lets him off the hook for his crimes. But still we feel, deeply and profoundly, for this lost soul."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Nagisa Oshima and screenwriter Tsutomu Tamura encourage empathy without requiring emotionalism."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"This is what contemporary Japan looks like, it says: Not pillow shots and sword fights, just a country populated largely by predators and prey."
‑ David Fear, Village Voice
"Nagisa Oshima offers a quietly bilious vision of mercenary corruption and postwar trauma."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
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