- Overall 8.5
- Story 10
- Acting/Cast 8.5
- Music 8.0
- Rewatch Value 7.5
I was born but ...
Mr. Yoshii (Tatsuo Saito), an office worker, moved his young family to a new neighborhood in the suburbs, strategically located a few blocks from his employer, Mr. Iwasaki (Takeshi Sakamoto). One afternoon, while playing outdoors, Yoshii's younger son Keichi (Tomio Aoki) catches the attention of the neighborhood's children, including Iwasaki's son, who proceeds to tease him. His older brother, Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara), comes to his rescue, but read more soon, the two are outnumbered, and only barely escape when Mr. Yoshii passes the street. Fearing retaliation, the brothers decide to become truants, but are sent back to school by their father with stern reasoning, "Do not you want to go to school and become someone else?" Unable to escape his inevitable encounter with school ruffians, Keichi befriends the delivery boy from the sake shop (Shoichi Kojufita) and persuades him to confront the self-appointed gang leader and teach him a lesson. After the bully escapes with tears, the other children soon turn their allegiance to the brothers, who are quick to test their solidarity by making them obey a resurrection command. Soon, the vanquished boy returns with his father, and the children begin to discuss their respective cases in whose father would be more appropriate to challenge the father of the bully. However, the siblings' idolatry for their father is tested when they visit the house of Iwasaki, and find his father as the subject of home movies playing clown in front of the camera for the amusement of his boss ...
An old film that can not be compared to current cinematographic techniques, yet it has a beautiful story, a comic, witty and incisive portrait of hypocrisy and social inequality in contrast to the more distilled "gendai-geki" which stands for portrait of contemporary life .
A drama would well characterize that it is rooted in the social behavior learned from the children and acceptance of commitment in a non ideal environment, the refusal of the delivery boy to censor the son of Iwasaki because of the patronage of his family; Mr. Yoshii's attention to the young man as he interrupts his sons' attempt to "resurrect" him; The father's shameful behavior ... As the boys' attitude toward their father shifts from a magnanimous hero to an embarrassing fool to a sympathetic human being, Ozu presents a subtle yet poignant remark about the children's rite of passage While moving away from the safe and predictable rules of domestic life to the illogical and often unfair hierarchical social customs of the real world. Very good movie, really good!