I Was Born, But…

Film, Comedy
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This is the original version of the story about rebellious kids who feel betrayed by their father that Ozu remade as Ohayo thirty-seven years later. I Was Born, But... doesn't have the later film's oscillations between comedy and a tragic sense of defeat; rather, it begins as a particularly riotous comedy, and then abruptly switches to a darker tone when the boys lose their respect for their father. It's silent (Ozu resisted talkies until 1935), but its visual style is so dynamic that you hardly notice; both the gags and the emotional disappointments are anchored in a sure sense of characterisation that remains wholly fresh, and the pace of the whole film is worthy of Buster Keaton at his best.

By: TR

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Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenwriter: Akira Fushimi, Geibei Ibushiya
Cast: Tatsuo Saito
Mitsuko Yoshikawa
Hideo Sugawara
Tokkan Kozo Tomio Aoki
Takeshi Sakamoto
Teruyo Hayami
Seiichi Kato
Chishu Ryu
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