1951-1960DramaJapanKeisuke Kinoshita

Keisuke Kinoshita – Shonenki AKA Boyhood (1951)


When a family has to relocate due to the war, they are ostracized by their new community.

About the director:

  One of Japan’s most popular filmmakers after World War II, Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) was a prolific director, writer, and producer, specializing in sentimental dramas and comedies and the use of innovative, expressionistic sets.

Rarely have any of Kinoshita’s fifty or so films been shown outside of Japan, but in that country he was a well-known director who pioneered the use of color in film and repeatedly touched on domestic themes that resonated with Japanese audiences. Despite his conventional plots and subject matter, Kinoshita was often willing to experiment with avant-garde techniques.

Eventually Acclaimed

Kinoshita’s heyday was the 1950s, but during that time critics did not embrace his sentimental style, even though Japanese audiences responded positively. He made nine more films in the 1960s, but none of them were acclaimed, and only five more films in his declining years, from 1976 to 1988. He also produced Akira Kurosawa’s worldwide hit Dodes’ka-den in 1970.

Eventually Kinoshita was hailed as one of Japan’s foremost directors, for his wide range and innovative techniques within the context of popular contemporary films. In 1991, he was awarded an honor from the Japanese government for his contributions to national culture. In 1999, a panel of Japanese critics named Kinoshita’s Nijushi no hitomi (Twenty-Four Eyes) as one of that country’s ten greatest films of all time.



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