Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Queen of Sabbath 2021

- Southland Tales 2006

- Canaan Land 2020

- My Secret Billionaire 2021

- Being Dead 2020

- Heart Wreck 2021

- The Ballad of Captain Vengence 2020

- Versus 2000

- Dead Air 2021

- Nuns: An Italian Horror Story 2020

- X 2019

- Dramatica Diablos - The Torren Fruit of Eden 2021

- The Act of Reading 2019

- Playdurizm 2020

- The El Duce Tapes 2019

- Erotophono- philiac: Documents of a Lust Murderer 2021

- Witches Night 2021

- Paradise Cove 2021

- Magic Island 2020

- Butchers 2020

- Nothing Else 2021

- ... As If They Were Angels 2018

- Zegen 1987

- Shellfish 2021

- The Mimic 2020

- The Astrology of Pandemics 2021

- Tale of Tails - Pilot 2021

- All Too Human 2018

- Vigilante 1982

- Smothered 2019

- Mother's Day Memories 2019

- Invasion Ireland 2013

- Confession 2020

- Sheep Without a Shepherd 2019

- Volcanic UFO Mysteries 2021

- Hank 2019

- Mandao Returns 2020

- Honesty Weekend 2020

- The Thinning Veil 2019

- Tremors 1990

- Space MOMs 2021

- The Poltergeist Diaries 2021

- Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission 2021

- Boys Feels: High Tide 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Fumihazushita Haru

The Boy Who Came Back
The Spring That Didn't Come

Japan 1958
produced by
Masayuki Takagi for Nikkatsu
directed by Seijun Suzuki
starring Sachiko Hidari, Akira Kobayashi, Ruriko Asaoka, Eiko Higashitani, Jo Shishido, Shizue Natsukawa, Toru Abe, Makiko Aoi, Akemi Ebata, Shoki Fukae, Ayako Fukuda, Ikuhiro Hashiguchi, Akira Hisamatsu, Kyoko Hori, Michiko Kamata, Hiroshi Kato, Kenji Kawai, Tamae Kiyokawa, Shosei Muto, Mino Nambu, Hideaki Nitani, Keisuke Noro, Hiromi Seki, Fudeko Tanaka, Reiko Tanikawa, Taiji Tonoyama, Noriko Watari, Terue Shigemori, Ikuo Nikaido, Reiko Sakuma, Kaku Takashina, Hiroshi Midorikawa, Tokuhei Miyahara, Akinori Hanamura (as Kazuo Mihara), Kaoru Higuchi, Chigusa Takayama, Mamoru Tsuyuki, Takeshi Ida, Takashi Nomura (as Takashi Sudo), Shiro Yanase
written by Tatsuto Okada, Nobuyoshi Terada, music by Hikaru Hayashi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Young Keiko (Sachiko Hidari)  volunteers at the BBS (Big Brothers and Sisters), a private organisation dedicated to pull young ex-convicts back into society. Her first case is Nobuo (Akira Kobayashi), a young man who has been to juvenile prison twice, once for trying to strangle his dad, and who is pretty much a hothead with fits of rage. And at first, he's less than happy about Keiko meddling in his affairs. That's not to say he doesn't want to go the straight and narrow, quite the opposite, but he has no idea how to do that yet is unwilling to listen to advice, even if it's obviously well-meant, and his temper gets the better of him ever so often on top of that. He even gets violent towards Keiko a couple of times, but always stops before doing any real damage. But the less appreciative Nobuo shows himself to be, the harder Keiko works to turn him around, and she soon finds out he's actually an artist at heart, and he's still in love with his schooltime sweetheart Kazue (Ruriko Asaoka), so Keiko tries to bring them together again - with quite some success even (though it takes a while) ... but then she realizes she has fallen in love with nobuo herself.

Nobuo, who has by now started doing caricatures of tourists in the streets for a living, hasn't fully shaken his past yet, or more accurately his past life hasn't shaken him as a bunch of hoodlums eventually kidnap Kazue with the intent of selling her into prostitution - first and foremost to teach Nobuo a lesson. This of course gets Nobuo enraged, possibly past breaking point even ...


An early effort by the later genre-subverting genius Seijun Suzuki, this is actually a rather tame, not to say clichéed crime melodrama that's little more than a job-for-hire for his then-employer Nikkatsu at least at first sight. Of course, if one takes a closer look, one will find some quirks typical for the director even here, plus one can't deny the movie looks properly elegant, thanks to inventive camerawork and careful compositions - but that said, Branded to Kill it is not. But that said, should vintage Asian formula cinema be your thing (as it is mine), this is definitely good entertainment, as it's well-directed, well-played, and while the script isn't exactly original, it's well-structured and paced, so it's really worth a look!


Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan


Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Boy Who Came Back
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find The Boy Who Came Back here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Boy Who Came Back at

Thanks for watching !!!



Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD