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 ♪ Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner.

Preceded by The Little Rascals.

Japan, 1932
Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
With Tomio Aoki aka Tokkankozo, Tatsuo Saitō
Approx. 90 min. 35mm.

Two boys — the younger played by Ozu child great “Tokkan Kozō” — go on a hunger strike when they see dad Tatsuo Saitō toadying to his boss. One of the great silent comedies and Ozu’s first Kinema Junpo “Best One” winner.


“That it is more a small masterpiece, perfect in design and execution almost goes without saying, but the film’s profundity and its charm go hand in hand.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Coming of age, as Ozu shows us, is an experience without clearly identifiable points of origin or closure; it’s meant to be struggled with, argued for and against, debated with, resisted and seduced by, repudiated and advocated for. In I WAS BORN BUT…, it’s an experience that sticks.”
 – Ricky D’Ambrose, Slant Magazine

“One of Yasujirō Ozu’s most sublime films”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader

“Funny and devastating… The theme is the title: one is born… then the trouble begins.”
 – Donald Richie

“One of cinema’s finest works about children”
 – Nick Wrigley, Sense of Cinema

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