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Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

Yasujirô Ozu Japan, 1932

Nathan Hopkins's rating of the film I Was Born, But...

The first of Ozu's film's I've watched, I Was Born But... has some truly universal, and at times, sad messages about the nature of life under the authoritative pressures to submission in modern society. Its commentary seems cleverly layered within the narrative of film as the art of the industrial, suburban society it portrays. And of course, it's a humorous silent comedy as well. All in all, touching and true.