I Was Born, But…

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

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


Release details

91 mins

Cast and crew

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