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still from Good-for-Nothing (Kiju Yoshida, JP 1959)

Good-for-Nothing

Kiju Yoshida / JP, 1959 / 88 min.

Japan, 1960. The country is on the way to becoming an economic giant, managed by a well-heeled middle class. But its newly prosperous children are bored. Good-for-Nothing is one of the major films of the Shochiku Nouvelle Vague, and has been compared to À bout de souffle.

poster Good-for-Nothing (Kiju Yoshida, JP 1959)
Four bored boys in their 20s decide to steal money from a company owned by one of their fathers. They notice a secretary leaving the bank with a large sum of money, but ultimately don’t rob her. One of them, Morishita, who isn’t from a wealthy family, decides to act after all …

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Details

Director

Kiju Yoshida

Production year

1959

Country

JP

Original title

Rokudenashi

Length

88 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

ENG

Format

35mm

Part of

Shochiku 100

Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi, Takeshi Kitano: the masters of Japanese cinema. But did you know that their work was made possible by Shochiku? In 2022 Eye is marking over one hundred years of one of Japan’s oldest, and largest, film companies.

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campaign image Shochiku 100 (still from Carmen Comes Home (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1951))
still from Good-for-Nothing (Kiju Yoshida, JP 1959)
still from Good-for-Nothing (Kiju Yoshida, JP 1959)

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