Circus Boys

Film
The Japanese title translates as 'The Boy's Own Book of the 20th Century', which gives a good idea of the way it hovers on the brink of allegory without ever quite freezing into pretentiousness. Shot in glittering monochrome, it contrasts the path of two brothers from a circus family: one stays with the circus and tries to renew it, while the other leaves to become a roaming con-man and quack doctor. Between one man's idealism and the other's cynicism, Hayashi traverses a magical terrain of the mind and reaches a conclusion not far off the sublime.

By: TR

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kaizo Hayashi
Screenwriter: Kaizo Hayashi
Cast: Hiroshi Mikami
Moe Kamura
Ken Shu
Michiro Akiyoshi
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