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Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo
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Akira Fushimi (scenario)
Geibei Ibushiya (adaptation)
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3 June 1932 (Japan) See more »
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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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Featured in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Amazing, 27 June 2001
Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA

One of the very few silent films where you can hear the magic. Ozu directs I WAS BORN....BUT, the story of 2 brothers growing up in a small town Japan. Beautifully filmed with a wonderful, down to earth story of childhood joys and sorrows. Keep in mind, although sad, this was filmed in 1932. Just about every child in this film would grow up and fight (and most likely die) in World War 2. With this in mind, the film with hope and innocence. Still, knowing the possible future, you can't help but see the ending as somewhat sad.

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