Rakudai wa shita keredo
Silent . Black and White . 65 minutes

Shochiku Kamata Studio

Written By

Ozu Yasujiro
Fushimi Akira


Mohara Hideo
Atsuta Yuharu


Saito Tatsuo (Takahasi)
Futaba Kaoru (Landlady)
Aoki Tomio (Landlady's Son)
Tanaka Jinuyo (Cafe Girl)
Wakabayashi Hiroo (Professor)
Okuni Ichiro (Professor)
Ryu Chishu (Hattori)
Yokoo Dekao (Flunking Student)
Seki Tokio (Flunking Student)
Mikura Hiroshi (Flunking Student)
Yokoyama Goro (Flunking Student)

A motley crew of students face "exam hell". When not studying, they hang out at a local coffee shop and flirt with the pretty waitress. She seems to take a shine to one of them, Takahasi. Takahasi prepares for the exam by scribbling crib notes on his shirt. However, the landlady takes the shirt to the launderette and he flunks. His four best friends who live across from him, also fail, but his fellow lodgers all pass. Ironically, it's the graduates who leap from the frying pan to fire - job hunt hell. Takahasi and his friends enroll for another term at college and become cheerleaders.

Thoughts from Ozu
One could say this is the flip side of I Graduated, But... The student-protagonist scribbles his crib notes on his shirt sleeve, but the day of his graduation exam, the girl at his boarding house unwittingly takes the shirt to the launderette So naturally, he flunks. However, those who pass and graduate in high spirits cannot land any job, while the ones who flunked can continue to bum around living off their parent's money. It's a vignette. Although Ryu Chishu has appeared in my previous films, it was the first time I let him have a go at a more significant role.


The 15th film shot from the end of March to the beginning of April 1930. The film was finished in just one week. Ozu engages his routine work, a student comedy, with its main places of action being the lodging, the college and the bakery. Critics praised the high degree of technical skill, but also pointed out his dilettantism and a deadend mannerism. (That kind of reputation clung to him for life.) On the whole, Ozu's completion of the outstanding films An Introduction to Marriage (Kekkongaku nyumon, 1929), Walk Cheerfully and I Flunked, But... in this year was greatly appreciated. The Eiga Hyoron magazine published the very first special issue on Ozu's work in July of 1930.

Personal Thoughts and Comments
Unfortunately, I have been unable to see this film. Hopefully I will be able to see this in the near future.


Film Images

"Pillow Shots"