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I Was Born, But…


I Was Born, But… image courtesy of Janus Films.

I Was Born, But…
Yasujiro Ozu, 1932

Woman of Tokyo/I Graduated, But…

Yasujiro Ozu, 1933/1929

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, July 28, 2011 7 PM

We're thrilled to present these two silent films (and one fragment) by the great Yasujiro Ozu accompanied by live music from two of Columbus's most-accomplished musicians—Larry Marotta and Sue Harshe.

One of Ozu's most beloved films, I Was Born, But… is a poignant, humor-filled depiction of childhood focused on two young brothers who are embarrassed by their father’s station in life. (100 mins., 35mm) Larry Marotta provides live music for this film.

The sober melodrama Woman of Tokyo finds the engagement between a young couple threatened when rumors surface that the groom-to-be's sister has a secret life as a prostitute. (47 mins., 35mm) Sue Harshe provides music for this film.

The fragment of I Graduated, But… shown here is the only footage that survives from a feature regarded as the first expression of Ozu's definitive style. (14 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.

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