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The film's story centers on two young brothers whose faith in their father, an office worker, is shaken by what they perceive as his kowtowing to the boss. (Source: Wikipedia) Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 1932
  • Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 22 users)
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May 23, 2017
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Overall 8.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
Funny and charming.
That is, but much more, the great highlight goes without a doubt to the exceptional performance of the children in a "silent" film directed by Yasijiro Ozu which we can perfectly frame the satire on the rigid structure of Japanese society and a history of comings and goings About children who are learning to live in a less than perfect world. It is a lasting "masterpiece" that has maintained its universal appeal over the years.
For example, eight-year-old Keichi (Tomio Aoki) and his ten-year-old brother Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara) come to live in a small suburb of Tokyo, after their father, Mr. Yoshii (Tatsuo Saito), a Secretary, you get a promotion. The transition to the suburbs, however, is not smooth. Bullying intimidates the boys, but soon wins the "fight" with the help of a delivery boy (Shoichi Kojufita). Taro (Kato), son of his father's employer, Mr. Iwasaki (Takeshi Sakamoto), who seems to be always dressed in a black suit, worthy of his station in life. Boys' behavior mirrors adults with their games and power strategies, including the very funny "resurrection" ritual.
"I Was Born, But ..." endorses the acceptance of reflected status, judicious ambiguity makes it appear that it is merely making observations rather than judgments, simplicity with the realities that the family must face were the key to success. Children have lost their innocence and must accept the fact that life is not fair, but they also see that happiness can be achieved by rising above their prescribed status. Unfortunately, many of the boys shown in the film had to fight and die in a bloody war only ten years later, partly a consequence of the rigid social structure that Ozu satirized in the film. Highly recommend!

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  • Movie: I Was Born, But...
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 1932
  • Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 22 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 51

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