Archive of films I Was Born But... / Umarete wa mita keredo...

Japan
1932, 91 min

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
Year: 2003

Two sons realize that their father is neither as respectable nor as great a person as they once considered him. Being ushered into the complex world of adult relationships and social hierarchy represents the dramatic plot of Ozu´s first major film which, with its mainly comic style, pits children´s innocence against adult hypocrisy.


Synopsis

Office clerk Mr. Yoshii has moved into a house in the suburbs near his boss Mr. Iwasaki. His two sons must face bullying by a gang of kids from their street. One of the boys is Mr. Iwasaki´s son, Taro, but in the end the brothers gain the gang´s respect with the help of the local  bovver boy. Their natural pride in their father is seriously damaged during the projection of one of Mr. Iwasaki´s amateur films: Mr. Yoshii is seen making a fool of himself in front of the camera for his boss´ amusement. Being ushered into the complex world of adult relationships and social hierarchy represents the dramatic plot of Ozu´s first major film which, with its mainly comic style, pits children´s innocence against adult hypocrisy. Some of the motifs of this silent film recurred in Ozu´s Good Morning.

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About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
   
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay: Akira Fushimi
Dir. of Photography: Hideo Shigehara
Editor: Hideo Mohara
Production: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Cast: Tatsuo Saito, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara, Takeshi Sakamoto, Seiichi Kato
Contact: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
   
www: www.shochiku.com/film
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