With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ozu's "I Was Born, But..." at Japan Society on Friday, May 6th

Japan Society Film Program's
Monthly Classics Series
I Was Born, But . . . / Umarete wa Mita Keredo
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
With Tatsuo Saito, Tokkan Kozou, Hideo Sugawara,
Mitsuko Yoshikawa, and Takeshi Sakamoto
Japan, 1932, 100 minutes
35mm, b&w, silent with Japanese and English intertitles

When: Friday, May 6 at 7:00 pm
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC

In this early silent comedy by Yasujiro Ozu, two precocious young boys get used to their new suburban neighborhood – avoiding classes, battling bullies, making friends – while their father commutes to work every day. When they witness him being subservient and playing a fool for his boss, the boys become ashamed and decide to protest with a hunger strike, declaring, “You tell us to become somebody, but you’re nobody!” This charming and insightful consideration of childhood innocence and social hierarchies is widely acknowledged as the master director’s first great film, later reworked into his 1959 color film Good Morning. Screening one day after Children's Day (May 5th) in Japan.

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