ANU’s Department of Pacific and Asian History and the Japan Institute are proud to present a series of historically and artistically significant award-winning films from Japan. Our latest series features seven films recognised as masterpieces by Kinema Junpō, one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious film journals. All the selected films are either recipients of Kinema Junpō’s Best Japanese Film Award, or were included in the journal’s 2009 list of the top ten best Japanese films of all time.
This week's screening will be Yasujiro Ozu's very charming and funny 1932 film 'I Was Born, But...' running 100 minutes.
After moving into a new neighborhood, two young brothers must outwit the local bullies. They are later distressed to see their father debasing himself in front of his boss. An early silent feature from Ozu combines charming comedy, coming-of-age family drama and a sly look at Japan’s social structure. A classic silent film. Kinema Junpō best film award winner 1933.
Screenings: (Wednesdays) 4:00 P.M. start. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP is appreciated but not essential.