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|NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH (Waga Seishun Ni Kuinashi) (director/writer: Akira Kurosawa; screenwriter: Eijiro Hisaita; cinematographer: Asakazu Naikai; editor: Akira Kurosawa; music: Tadashi Hattori; cast: Denjiro Okochi (Yagahara), Eiko Miyoshi (Mrs. Yagahara), Setsuko Hara (Yuki Yagahara), Susumu Fujita (Noge), Kuninori Kodo (Noge's Father), Haruko Sugimura (Noge's Mother), Takashi Shimura (Police Commissioner), Akitake Kôno (Itokawa); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Keiji Matsuzaki; The Criterion Collection; 1946-Japan-in Japanese with English subtitles)|
|"Kurosawa uses his considerable filmmaking
skills to nail down a pic Stanley Kramer would be proud to call
his own because of its liberal message."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
After the "Manchurian
Incident" in 1933, the rise of fascism is on the rise in Japan with the
Sino-Japanese War. The faculty and students of Kyoto University
protest, calling for 'freedom of learning,' but are crushed and
Professor Yagahara loses his teaching position. In 1938, Noge (Susumu
Fujita), one of her father's
radical students, who the well-bred Yuki has a crush on, is jailed for
writing against the regime. Yuki's other suitor is the conformist Itokawa (Akitake Kôno), whom she rejects. When
Noge's released in 1941, he resides in Tokyo. Yuki meets him there and
they live together. Unfortunately he's accused of being a traitor when
he protests against the war and is executed. Yukie carries his ashes
back to his rural hometown and works in the village as a
farmer/cultural leader while living with her lover's peasant parents.
Kurosawa uses his considerable filmmaking
skills to nail down a pic Stanley Kramer would be proud to call his
own because of its liberal message, as he shows that the peaceniks were
overwhelmed by the militarists in the 1930s and 1940s and couldn't stop
their warlike activities.
REVIEWED ON 3/30/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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