I Was Born, But...

I Was Born, But... ★★★★

With strong comedic performances by everyone involved, especially Tomio Aoki and Hideo Sugawara, I Was Born, But... illustrates that it's legendary director Yasujiro Ozu had a firm aptitude for combining elements of light entertainment with his trademark social commentary. He makes delightful use of a great script from screenwriter Akira Fushimi, which although commences as an unruly satire unexpectedly changes gears to incorporate a darker mood. This movie is another beautiful example of Ozu’s proficiencies and temperaments as a filmmaker and discerns him formulating moments of deadpan comedy to slapstick hilarity.