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I Graduated, But... (1929)

Daigaku wa detakeredo (original title)
Feeling the position to be beneath him, a college graduate turns down a receptionist job, but soon finds it necessary to fool his mother and fiancé into thinking that he is employed.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Yoshirô Aramaki, Hiroshi Shimizu (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Tetsuo Nomoto
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Machiko Nomoto
Utako Suzuki Utako Suzuki ... Mother
Kenji Ôyama Kenji Ôyama ... Sugimura
Shin'ichi Himori ... Tailor
Kenji Kimura Kenji Kimura ... Executive
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Secretary
Chôko Iida ... Landlady
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Feeling the position to be beneath him, a college graduate turns down a receptionist job, but soon finds it necessary to fool his mother and fiancé into thinking that he is employed.

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

6 September 1929 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

I Graduated, But... See more »

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Runtime:

(extant fragments)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Partially lost, only 12 minutes of the film survives today. See more »

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Referenced in Ozuland: David Bordwell on Good Morning (2017) See more »

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Ozu: Point of Departure
8 May 2007 | by czarowojSee all my reviews

An early Ozu short about a young graduate who can't bring himself to accept a low-on-the-food-chain position at an office because he feels he's overqualified; and the consequences of that decision.

Very bittersweet stuff, with a great ending that's happy, but not unabashedly happy. Like a lot of later Ozu works, 'I Graduated, But...' is a humble, down-to-earth story about ordinary people and its joy comes from their minor (meaningless in the great scheme) triumphs.

Especially noteworthy are a couple of shots of the main character at the bar, filmed from table height and incredibly striking, a Harold Lloyd poster that shows up in the background several times, and the conflict between tradition and modernity illustrated by the film's second-to-last shot of a moving train.

'I Graduated, But...' is recommended to Ozu fans and to fans of silent cinema in general.


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