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Children of Tokyo ()

Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (original title)
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Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

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Tatsuo Saitô ...
Yoshi (Chichi)
Tomio Aoki ...
Keiji (as Tokkan Kozô)
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Haha (Yoshi's Wife)
Hideo Sugawara ...
Ryoichi
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Juuyaku (Iwasaki, Executive)
Teruyo Hayami ...
Fujin (Iwasaki's wife)
Seiichi Katô ...
Kodomo (Taro) (as Seiichi Kato)
Shôichi Kofujita ...
Kozou (Delivery boy)
Seiji Nishimura ...
Sensei (Teacher)
Zentaro Iijima ...
Asobi nakama (Friend)
Shôtarô Fujimatsu ...
Asobi nakama (Friend)
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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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Directed by

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Yasujirô Ozu

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Akira Fushimi ... (scenario)
 
Geibei Ibushiya ... (adaptation)
 
Yasujirô Ozu ... (idea) (as James Maki)

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Gwenaël Mario Grisi ... (2016)
Donald Sosin

Cinematography by

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Hideo Shigehara

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Hideo Shigehara

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Takashi Kono

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Yoshiro Kimura
Takejiro Tsunoda

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Kenkichi Hara ... assistant director
Akira Kiyosuke ... assistant director

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Yûharu Atsuta ... assistant camera
Masao Irie ... assistant cinematographer
Toshimitsu Nakajima ... lighting engineer

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Plot Summary

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 Iwasaki and not the important man they previously believed him to be. Kennesuke knows how his behavior looks to his sons, but justifies it to himself by probably being further ahead in life than they would be otherwise. The Yoshis will have to reconcile these two issues for harmony to return within their family. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Umarete wa mita keredo (Japan)
  • A Picture Book for Grown-ups: I was Born, But... (Japan, English title)
  • I Was Born, But... (United States)
  • I Was Born, But... (World-wide, English title)
  • Children of Tokyo (United States)
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  • 100 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995). See more »

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