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No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)

Japan 110m, B&W
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Denjirō Ōkōchi, Haruko Sugimura, Eiko Miyoshi, Kokuten Kodo

No Regrets For Our Youth is Kurosawa’s first post-war film, and one which was highly critical of Japan’s involvement in the war – and which also praised radical political activism, social freedom and justice. The film is loosely based on actual historic events, but the characters and story are purely fictional. In concert with the overt socialist message which this film imparts, there is little doubt that its look was also inspired by early Soviet silent cinema with the use of oblique photography and minimal dialogue. While the central character’s transformation from a member of the bourgeois to a peasant activist may be surprising in itself, what is more astonishing is that this character is female. This film marks a major break from the censorship that was inflicted on Kurosawa’s earlier work – which provided an artistic freedom that would flourish for the next four decades (Klaus Ming January 2011)

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2 comments on “No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)

  1. Dave Becker
    01/08/2011

    Wow! There’s obviously a good number of Kurosawa titles that I’m unfamiliar with.

    Once again, I’m envious!

    • Klaus
      01/08/2011

      I wasn’t familiar with any of these either. Despite the censorship, minimal funds, the impact of the war, I’m amazed at how good the early films are.

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