Shonen (Boy)
Shonen (Boy) (1969)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 9, 1969
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Oshima, the Japanese filmmaker most often compared with Godard, treats the material in a matter-of-fact manner that serves to heighten the dramatic impact and to create one of the most interesting films about children ever made.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Nagisa Oshima offers a quietly bilious vision of mercenary corruption and postwar trauma.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An acerbic coming-of-age tale about a family of con artists faking car accidents and blackmailing the drivers to pay them off.

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David Fear
Village Voice

This is what contemporary Japan looks like, it says: Not pillow shots and sword fights, just a country populated largely by predators and prey.

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Budd Wilkins
Slant Magazine

Nagisa Oshima and screenwriter Tsutomu Tamura encourage empathy without requiring emotionalism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
"Shonen" disappointed me. A con-artist family -- father, mother and two young sons (only one of whom is the woman's) -- struggles to survive… More