Cinema: A Most Humanly Hobo

My Hobo is a Japanese comedy in the Italian manner. The fine Japanese hand of Director Zenzo Matsuyama has blended the smiles-and-tears vagabondage of La Strada with the bumbling malfeasance of Big Deal on Madonna Street into a Campari and sake cocktail that may be bitter at first sip but is warm on the aftertaste.

Junpei is a hobo full of heart and uncommon ingenuity. He wears a remarkable garment fitted out with pockets for everything: tools, utensils, pots, food packets, soy sauce and a jar of Ajinomoto brand monosodium glutamate. And taped over...

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