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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 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:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 June 1932 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of Tokyo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Powerful and Heartbreaking Familiar Drama
9 November 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 30s, a low middle-class family composed of the father (Tatsuo Saito), the mother (Mitsuko Yoshikawa) and two little sons (Hideo Sugawara and Tomio Aoki) has just moved to a suburb of Tokyo. The two brothers have some sort of adaptation problem with the kids in their neighborhood, but they feel protected with their beloved father, and they become leaders of the gang of boys. Their father is a clerk in an office, and his director lives in the same neighborhood, and he tries to be promoted in his job being a servile flatterer of his boss. One night, the boys find that his father has a silly behavior in his job to please his boss, and they lose the respect for their father, questioning him why he can not be the director of the company.

This is the first movie of Yasujito Ozu that I have watched, since none of his films has been released on video or DVD in Brazil. This month, a Brazilian cable television is presenting four movies of this great director. I was really impressed with such powerful and heartbreaking fight of classes' familiar drama. I was expecting a movie like François Truffault's "Les Quatre Cents Coups", or Luis Buñuel's "Los Olvidados", or Hector Babenco's "Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco". However, the story is not focused in juvenile delinquents, but only low-middle class children and the specific drama of a worker's family, when the little boys do not understand the social hierarchy and why their father is not better than the father of one boy of their gang. The performance of the cast is very natural, and the direction is amazing, having an adequate pace and transmitting the sensations and feelings of the characters without sound to the viewers. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Meninos de Tóquio" ("Boys From Tokyo")


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