Eri Yamamoto Trio / Special Project :
Music for the film " I Was Born, But..." directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
Eri Yamamoto - Piano
David Ambrosio - Bass
Ikuo Takeuchi − Drums
The Trio will perform and improvise on Eri's compositions as
a soundtrack to the black and white silent movie,
"I Was Born, But...".
The movie was filmed in Japan in 1932 by Japanese director
Yasujiro Ozu, one of the most important movie makers
in cinema history.
The film portrays the timeless human situation that we don't
choose which family we're born into, and the emotional, social,
and economic problems that result. While Ozu treats the serious
and sometimes heartbreaking aspects of this issue, he does so
with lightness and humor.
Even though this film was made more than 75 years ago, we can
gain ideas and hope for dealing with the particularly hard times
our modern world is facing.
This is why Eri chose this particular film for her musical elaboration.
*The film is edited to 50 min. long for this project.
Ryouichi and Keiji with their father
The father of two energetic young boys, Ryouichi and Keiji, is an office worker.
He has recently received a promotion, and moves his family from the center of Tokyo
to the suburbs. By moving close to where his boss lives, he is hoping to connect with
him and gain further promotion at his company.
The father is very strict with the boys. Right after the move, Ryouichi and Keiji fight
with the local group of bullies. To escape further conflict with them, the brothers cut
school for a few days, but still do their calligraphy homework in the field. But soon
the father finds out about their truancy from their teacher, and he scolds them.
He makes sure that the boys go to school the next day.
Soon the boys start getting along with the other kids, one of whom is their father's
boss. One day, all the kids boast about their fathers, with each saying,
" My father is the highest-ranking!". Of course, the brothers believe that
their father is the most important person in the world.
However, one night they are invited to view home movies at
their father's boss's house. In one of the movies, their father is seen making funny
faces and gestures to flatter and amuse his boss. The boys grow very upset about
this, as their image of their strict and high-ranking father is shattered by
his subservient behavior on film.
At home that night, the boys express their disappointment and anger towards their
father. The father scolds them, and the boys start crying. After that, the father
regrets that he has disappointed them.
The next day, the boys go on a hunger strike out of their anger.
The gentle mother makes delicious rice balls for them. Eventually,
they can't resist the food, and eat the rice balls together with their father.
In the last scene, we see that everyday life goes on. The father and the boys leave
their house for school, and on the way they see the father's boss and his son.
At first the father hesitates to say hello to his boss, but their boys better understand
the adults' world, and say, "Father, you should say hello to him."
The boys say hello to the boss's son and they go to school together. *