Natsuo lost his father in World War II and longs to fly to Hawaii from Japan where his grandfather was last known to reside. He is free from high school and desires to find what is next in ...
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Natsuo lost his father in World War II and longs to fly to Hawaii from Japan where his grandfather was last known to reside. He is free from high school and desires to find what is next in his life. His grandfather and his mother are estranged and have become cross and hostile to one other. This is one reason his mother is resistant to the idea of her son taking flight to Hawaii. At the same time the boy is finding romance and love.Written by
Natsuo and his friends have graduated high-school and are about to take the next step in their lives. Natsuo longs to go to Hawaii to find his paternal grandfather, who has been estranged with Natsuo's mother since she and his son eloped from Hawaii near the end of World War II, leading to Natsuo's father enlisting in the army and dying near the end of the war, a death Natsuo's grandfather blames on his mother, causing him to refuse to recognise her as his daughter-in-law.
Despite this grim-looking outline, Yum no Hawaii de bon odori is a charming mid-60s Japanese film, focusing on Natsuo and his group friends; including a cute blossoming romance between Natsuo and his friend Miyoko, who comes from a slightly higher class than he; and on Natsuo's relationship with his hard-working single mother who fears her son's leaving her for Hawaii.
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