I Was Born, But...

I Was Born, But...

Synopsis

“Hailed by film critic Donald Richie as “a masterpiece,” I Was Born But… was financial and critical hit in its original release (winning the Kinema Jumpo poll as best Japanese film of the year) and remains a favorite of such Ozuphiles as director Wim Wenders and writer Phillip Lopate. In this darkly funny look at the conflict between parents and their offspring, an office clerk moves to the suburbs with his wife and two sons. Bullied by the other kids, the two boys turn into truants and begin to see in their father’s toadying ways with his boss the seeds of a life of flunkeyism. Their impatience with their parents and the hypocrisy of the adult world leads them to an intriguing form of civil and social disobedience.” – Harvard Film Archive

Technical Specs

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Year: 1932
Country: Japan
Language: Silent
Duration: 87 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: PG
Alternate Title: Umarete Wa Mita Keredo