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Comedy, Coming of Age
Japanese (English subtitles)
Two brothers, frustrated by their parents' refusal to buy a television set, take a vow of silence. After all, what else is there to do in a small Tokyo suburb, where all the grown-ups seem to do is gossip? This gentle comedy examines the role of small talk in the relationships that exist amongst a group of neighbours. The focus is always with the children - surly Minoru, who just wants to watch televised sumo wrestling, and Isamu, who copies everything his older brother does. There's also some flatulence humour thrown in for good measure.
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