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Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo
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Director:
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Akira Fushimi (scenario)
Geibei Ibushiya (adaptation)
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3 June 1932 (Japan) See more »
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Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their neighborhood. Their father is an office... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Tatsuo Saitô ... Chichi
Tomio Aoki ... Keiji (as Tokkan-Kozou)
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Haha (Yoshi's Wife)
Hideo Sugawara ... Ryoichi
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Juuyaku (Iwasaki, Executive)
Teruyo Hayami ... Fujin (Iwasaki's wife)
Seiichi Katô ... Kodomo (Taro) (as Seiichi Kato)
Shoichi Kofujita ... Kozou (Delivery boy)
Seiji Nishimura ... Sensei (Teacher)
Zentaro Iijima ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Shôtarô Fujimatsu ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Masao Hayama ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Michio Sato ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Kuniyasu Hayashi ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Akio Nomura ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Teruaki Ishiwatari ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
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Chishû Ryû ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
 
Writing credits
Akira Fushimi (scenario)

Geibei Ibushiya (adaptation)

Yasujirô Ozu (idea) (as James Maki)

Original Music by
Donald Sosin 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Shigehara 
 
Film Editing by
Hideo Shigehara 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Kono 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshiro Kimura 
Takejiro Tsunoda 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenkichi Hara .... assistant director
Akira Kiyosuke .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yûharu Atsuta .... assistant camera
Masao Irie .... assistant cinematographer
Toshimitsu Nakajima .... lighting engineer
 

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Also Known As:
"Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo" - Japan (original title)
"A Picture Book for Grown-ups: I was Born, But..." - Japan (English title) (long title)
"Children of Tokyo" - USA
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100 min
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Lost Innocence, 12 April 1999
Author: (k.kanazawa@lancaster.ac.uk) from Lancaster, UK

I reckon this film to be Ozu's best work, although he is well-known for his "Tokyo Story" (which is also magnificent). This is a satirical comedy about human relations. Ozu brilliantly contrasts children's world with adult one. The child actors make splendid performance, entirely different from the players who show wooden faces in the works of Ozu's later years. The children in this movie are innocent and casual. Ozu is often thought to be a serious artist but he is a gag man by nature. He scatters various gags over the film, tactfully handling the child actors. I really admire his comic sense. Yet the trenchant irony underlies the story. Two brothers are outraged by their father for his clownish and subservient actions in his office. However, they finally understand and accept the hierarchy in the adult world. In a way this is a story of their growth but at the same time it is very sad that they lose their innocence.

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