Little Boy (Jakob Salvati) and his mom Emma (Emily Watson). (Metanoia Films)
The film Little Boy stars Emily Watson, Kevin James, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, David Henrie, Eduardo Verástegui, Tom Wilkinson and Jakob Salvati, among others.
Little Boy releases Friday, April 24, 2015 in theaters.
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About Little Boy
Pepper Flint Busbee, nicknamed “Little Boy” by the folks in his town, is constantly ridiculed and bullied due to his unusually short stature. The bullying and nicknames do not bother him in the slightest, however, because he finds every comfort a child could need in the unique relationship he shares with his father, James Busbee. The two are inseparable. Little Boy considers his dad his best, and only, friend.
Consequently, Little Boy’s world is shattered when James enlists to fight against the Japanese in the Pacific. Little Boy’s life pauses for months as he awaits word of James’ promised return from the war. His hope vanishes when the Busbee family receives word that James has been captured and taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese.
Inspired by the supernatural powers of his comic book hero, Ben Eagle, and a sermon of the town’s pastor where the preacher announces that with “faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains”; Little Boy is convinced he can garner the power to achieve the impossible – end the Great War and return his father home safely.
As Little Boy sets off on his quest, the realities of the hatred engendered by war are brought home as the only Japanese in the small town returns after being released from a nearby internment camp. Mr. Hashimoto, the old town gardener, is welcomed back with hatred. The entire town sees him as the enemy, particularly Little Boy who can’t help but feel that Hashimoto is the personification of the very ones that hold his father prisoner.
In a fit of loathing, Little Boy attempts to burn down Hashimoto’s house and finds himself in front of Father Oliver, the town pastor, who is assigned the task of doling out Little Boy’s punishment.
Father Oliver assigns Little Boy a list of “good works” to help temper his hate. Little Boy, however, connects the list with the “supernatural power of faith” that Father Oliver spoke of previously – the same power that can move mountains.
The list consists of: Feeding the hungry, Clothing the naked, Sheltering the homeless, Visiting the sick, Visiting those in prison, and Burying the dead. Father Oliver adds an essential item – Befriend Hashimoto. He explains that good works are to no avail if done with even the slightest hate.
Convinced, in his own head, that if he finished the list he will be endowed with the power to bring his father back, Little Boy attempts to befriend Hashimoto. In so doing, the two eventually become inseparable, and Hashimoto mentors Little Boy in what he believes to be the only true faith; faith in oneself.
Hashimoto’s empirical, rational worldview is pitted against Father Oliver’s idealism and philosophical perspective, though the two are great friends. Their discourse is the dialectic background to a series of apparently supernatural events that happen in connection with Little Boy’s efforts.
Little Boy, for his part, becomes convinced that he actually has supernatural powers. He is determined that he can finally end the war, even though there is one item on the list that he has yet to complete: Bury the dead – the very item that will become the trial by fire of Little Boy’s nascent faith…