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I Was Born, But...

Otona no miru ehon – Umarete wa mita keredo

An acutely observed, perfectly paced family drama from the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu.

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Japan 1932
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Hideo Sugawara, Mitsuko Yoshikawa
90min
Digital
Certificate U
With Ed Hughes and New Music Ensemble score

One of the world’s best-loved silent films, Ozu’s deceptively simple family drama is very funny without precisely being a comedy. It has that indefinable verisimilitude that characterises the work of the best writers and directors. Subtitled ‘A picture-book for grown-ups’, it tells of generational conflict from a child’s point of view; acutely observed, perfectly paced, and packing a real emotional punch.

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The screening on Sunday 28 November will be introduced by Bryony Dixon, BFI National Archive curator.