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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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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 »

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one of the all-time greats
14 December 2003 | by alsolikelifeSee all my reviews

Put in simple terms, this is one of the greatest silent movies ever made. Though the film was intended to be screened with live voice-over by a benshi narrator, this masterpiece works stunningly well without sound, because Ozu's

unparalleled sense of visual rhythm, choreographed movement, and humor

keep one's eyes dancing in delight. The story concerns two boys who fight their way to gain status and respect among the local bullies, only to realize that their father is a bottom-feeder among the adults. As such it's loaded with acute

observations of Japanese society, and not without Ozu's penchant for subtle but potent criticism. For people who are used to the "slow" Ozu of the 50s, this film will be a revelation, inspiring speculation as to how and why he changed a style that already was exceptional.


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