A Straightforward Boy

A Straightforward Boy ★★★

A young boy turns out to be too obnoxious for the villain of this story, which is cool when you think of it as the original HOME ALONE (1990). Even cooler is the fact this somehow still survives and wasn’t uncovered till 2016. Nearly 90 years lost, then suddenly found!?!? Crazy. A huge percentage of Ozu’s prewar films don’t even exist, so when you watch one that’s miraculously recovered, especially for having been hidden for so long, it just sorta feels…I dunno…pure. Only 13 minutes in length, this short is a fun, funny, comically-induced nod to classical Hollywood, not to mention reveals the power of a good temper tantrum.

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