Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo)
Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (I Was Born, But ) (Children of Tokyo) (1932)

One of the last great Japanese silent films and one of director Yasujiro Ozu's first masterpieces, this gentle family comedy contrasts the complexities of adulthood with a child's innocence. Two young brothers, who are the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1932
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

[I Was Born, But . . .] is a master class -- one of the [Ozu's] earliest -- in the art of distilling emotional intensity from quiet lives.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Watching the first hour of I Was Born, But... (unspooling with a bright, new piano score by Donald Sosin) might remind you of a subdued Our Gang skit, and not unpleasantly.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually creative comedy about children and their parents.

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Dana Stevens

Ozu's movie is also smart at levels almost too subtle to discern, perhaps not so much smart as wise.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

The film retains a measure of tempered hope, born not simply from the father's command-cum-wish to his slumbering offspring but also from a final act of youthful compassion that binds Ozu's intensely human characters in glass-half-full solidarity.

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Sean Axmaker

I Was Born, But..., which Ozu developed from his own story, is a social satire of comic delights and melancholy resignation to the innocence lost as the boys face up to the compromises that await them.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

One of those silent black-and-white old movies that makes the subsequent advances in the medium look redundant.

Time Out

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.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

The humour is sly, warm and playful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
I Was Born, But... is a wonderfully titled and crafted movie of pure simplicity by the master Ozu. As the title suggests, it's about someone facing the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, "I was Born, But..." is a thoroughly delightful and charming silent movie about two boys, Keiji(Tomio… More
Stella Dallas
ozu's most successful early film is, believe it or not, an 'our gang' inspired silent comedy with a bit more of a social message. subtitled… More
Antonius Block
Who would have thought that a 1932 silent Japanese movie about two little boys would be so entertaining? I found myself mesmerized by their antics, smiling… More
Drew Smith
A rich, thoughtful exploration of classism as seen through the eyes of children. Removed from the subtlety of Ozu's later work, I Was Born But...trades in… More
Lesley N
Japanese black and white silent film (but you'd barely notice, the characters are so well developed) about a Japanese family moving to the suburbs, the… More