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I Was Born, But... (1932)

Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1932 (Japan)
Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Akira Fushimi (scenario), Geibei Ibushiya (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Yoshi (Chichi)
Tomio Aoki ... Keiji (as Tokkan Kozô)
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Haha (Yoshi's Wife)
Hideo Sugawara Hideo Sugawara ... Ryoichi
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Juuyaku (Iwasaki, Executive)
Teruyo Hayami Teruyo Hayami ... Fujin (Iwasaki's wife)
Seiichi Katô Seiichi Katô ... Kodomo (Taro) (as Seiichi Kato)
Shôichi Kofujita Shôichi Kofujita ... Kozou (Delivery boy)
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura ... Sensei (Teacher)
Zentaro Iijima Zentaro Iijima ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Shôtarô Fujimatsu Shôtarô Fujimatsu ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Masao Hayama ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Michio Sato Michio Sato ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Kuniyasu Hayashi Kuniyasu Hayashi ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
Akio Nomura Akio Nomura ... Asobi nakama (Friend)
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Storyline

The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively, and their two adolescent sons Keiji and Ryoichi - have just moved from the inner city to the suburbs of Tokyo, into the same neighborhood where Kennesuke's boss, Iwasaki, and his family live. The boys get off to a rocky start in their new neighborhood as they end up being bullied by a group of similarly aged boys, led by slightly bigger Kamekichi. Keiji and Ryoichi even secretly play hooky from school, not wanting to have to confront the bullies. After befriending Kozou, the older delivery boy at the local store who ends up being their protector of sorts, Keiji and Ryoichi are able to stand up to their tormentors to become the ones among the boys who call the shots. Their newfound pride takes a hit when they end up being at the same social gathering as their father and his coworkers at Iwasaki's house, and see that their father is a proverbial apple-polisher toward ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's release was delayed by many months when Shochiku Studio's Kido Shiro felt the movie's story was too dark in tone. The film would go on to win Kinema Jumpo's first prize that year. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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early masterwork
3 December 2003 | by TheFerrymanSee all my reviews

An early family drama by Ozu that starts as a coming of age-`Japanese 400 blows'- and develops into a deep essay about identity, acceptation, self-respect, honor and exemplary. Ozu has a unique style for filming rituals, and these rituals are the dynamos of Tradition. In portraying a fractured relationship between a father and his sons, Ozu reflects on the transition between an old dying order and the arrival of a new one (both kids dream of being officials in the army, some ten years before Hiroshima). This works also as a metaphor of Japan on its way to technocracy, westernization and materialism, with its small bourgeois suburbia, the ever-passing trains and even home movies and child games where kids cross themselves in the Christian fashion. There's an unforgettable traveling shot with a choreography of yawns, some recognizable `Tatami' angles, and other technical achievements that prove that Ozu mastered his craft very early on (in fact, though silent, the film looks years ahead that many contemporary Hollywood productions). A rare film and indeed a very accessible one to the complexities of the cinema of Ozu.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

None | Japanese

Release Date:

3 June 1932 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Tokyo See more »

Company Credits

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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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