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A.k.a.
I Was Born, But...
Year
1932
Runtime
100 min.
Director
Yasujirô Ozu
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
3,979
Checks
1,338
Favs
134
Dislikes
3
Favs/checks
10.0% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
45:1
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  1. Melvelet's avatar

    Melvelet

    Now that's a train frequency! 7 years 1 month ago
  2. DGrantChandler's avatar

    DGrantChandler

    Should be titled "I Was Born But..."

    It says it right on the cover and picture...
    8 years 6 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Before the war, back when Yasujirō Ozu was still making silent comedies, he won acclaim with I Was Born, But…, and to my surprise, it really does feel like a comedy all the way through (unlike, say, Passing Fancy, which straddles the line more tightly and which I affect more). A family moves to a new town, and we watch its two young boys get up to all sorts of shenanigans, mostly trying to avoid school because of bullies and easy humiliations, though within a few days, they've turned things around, cuz kids are fickle. If there's drama, it's when the boys realize their father is just a wage slave, trying to ingratiate himself to the boss and other co-workers and so on, the pulling of a veil that makes him weaker and less respectable in their eyes. Ozu prefigures this with other disappointments, as the boys' "kid logic" fails them repeatedly and shows them to be just games no matter what idea they convinced themselves of. But if their dad is any indication, they may be playing games and lying to themselves their entire lives. Comedy or drama, it's a child's eye view, well-observed and treated by Ozu. The kids are memorable and distinctive, their adventures perfectly amusing, and the parents are poignant too (you can't be unphased by the scene where they watch the boys sleep). 1 year 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #38 in The Criterion Collection's Eclipse Series
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  3. This movie ranks #50 in BIFF's Asian Cinema 100
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  4. This movie ranks #59 in Kinema Junpo's Top 200 Japanese Films
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  5. This movie ranks #77 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  6. This movie ranks #102 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  7. This movie ranks #113 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  8. This movie ranks #126 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  9. This movie ranks #130 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
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  10. This movie ranks #207 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
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  11. This movie ranks #262 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  12. This movie ranks #358 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  13. This movie ranks #448 in Anthology Film Archives's Essential Cinema
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