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1966

Botchan

Mr. Greenhorn

坊っちゃん

Release Date
August, 13th, 1966
Running Time
90 min
Genre
Feature
Color
-
Screening Format
-

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Story ]

This is film version of the most famous novel of Natsume Soseki, well-known in the West in its English translation. It is about a young school-teacher who has just obtained his first job at the turn-of-the- century when Japan is just accustoming itself to Western ways. The young teacher has to get used to all of the petty rivalry and bureaucracy of a provincial middle school and soon makes up nick-names for his fellow teachers. The principal is Badger because he looks like one; the assistant principal is Red Shirt because he is a fop; the English teacher is Pale Face. And the students give the young teacher his own nick- name, Botchan, with its connotations of spoiled mama's-boy. But there is a girl involved and eventually the whole school joins in the uproar which ends only when the young teacher is dismissed. All of this - including the hero's happiness at leaving - is viewed with humor and compassion. The film stars the radio and TV singing star, Sakamoto Kyu - who first introduced the song Sukiyaki to the world.

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1966 9.4】

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