World soundtrack awards
Archived: Boy - Shônen (1969)

director: Nagisa Ôshima

composer: Hikaru Hayashi
With: Fumio Watanabe, Akiko Koyama, Tetsuo Abe, a.o.

duration: 105 minutes

Film Fest Gent - Boy

Based on real events reported in Japanese newspapers in 1966 Boy follows the title character, Toshio Omura, across Japan, as he is forced to participate in a dangerous scam to support his dysfunctional family. Toshio's father, Takeo Omura, is an abusive, lazy veteran, who forces his wife, the boy's stepmother, Takeko Tamiguchi, to feign being hit by cars in order to shake down the motorists. When his wife is unable to perform the scam, Toshio is enlisted. The boy's confused perspective of the scams and his chaotic family life are vividly captured in precisely edited sequences. As marital strife, mounting abuse, and continual moving take their toll, the boy tries to escape, either by running away on trains, or by retreating into a sci-fi fantasy he has constructed for his little brother and himself. Finally, in snowy Hokkaidō, the law finally catches up when the little brother unwittingly causes a fatal car accident. Although traumatized, Toshio tries to help his family elude capture in the final sequence, presented in documentary fashion, describing their arrest.

"Extraordinary: a mysteriously tranquil tale... cool and remote, shot in bright, jewel colors, the film builds steadily and sleekly to a haunting climax. Weird, beautiful, and terrifying." (The Observer)


director: Nagisa Ôshima
composer: Hikaru Hayashi
producer: Takuji Yamaguchi
screenplay: Tsutomu Tamura
Editor: Sueko Shiraishi, Keiichi Uraoka
Cinematography: Seizô Sengen, Yasuhiro Yoshioka

production company: Oshima Productions

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dialogue: Japanese
subtitles: Fr subt.
country: Japan
year: 1969


NAGISA ÔSHIMA (1932-2013): Tomorrow's Sun (1959, short), A Town of Love and Hope (1959), Naked Youth (1960), The Sun's Burial (1960), Night and Fog in Japan (1960), The Catch (1961), Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel (1962), Pleasures of the Flesh (1965), Diary of Yunbogi (1965, short), Violence at Noon (1966), Band of Ninja (1967), Sing a Song of Sex (1967), Japanes Summer: Double Suicide (1967), Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968), Death by Hanging (1968), Boy (1969),… Show more

Technical Specs

format: DCP

Other festival films by director Nagisa Ôshima

2016:Death by Hanging
2016:L'Empire des sens
2016:Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
2016:The Ceremony
1997:L'Empire des sens
1979:Empire of Passion
1974:The Ceremony


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