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No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

Cast: Susumu Fujita, Denjiro Okochi, Setsuko Hara
Director: Akira Kurosawa
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Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 110 min.

Yukie, the well-bred daughter of a university professor, is shocked when her father is relieved of his post for his political teachings, and even more so when her lover, one of her father's students, is arrested, then executed as a spy. She decides to leave Kyoto to live with the boy's parents in their peasant village. But life still has many lessons for her.....

Catalog description and image courtesy of Used with Permission. 2003

For the new, superior Criterion/Eclipse DVD for this film, go here.

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Touching Story by JMVerville July 15, 2004 - 4:25 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The technical aspects of the film are very good. The camera used in this film uses abnormally slow shutter speeds causing the most slight (yet noticable) distortions in movement, lending to the film a certain artistic sense that others do not have.

In addition to the artistic filming itself, the script truly drives the story and leads us to believe more of what Akira Kurosawa believed -- anti-Fascism, anti-Militarism, through the portrayel of events in the film. Through the eyes of Yukie we learn what it is like to be oppressed, and we learn the strength of the human spirit in its' resolute resistance to such; the power of the will is truly highlighted in this film, and the persistent commitment to doing good (similar to that portrayed by Watanabe in Ikiru) is very present.

The flashbacks to youth, the conjuring of memories, and the portrayel of the good times right next to the bad times, and the depth of human emotion that is revealed truly makes this film something worth watching. Some of the emotionality of the scenes (esp. Yukie's emotional moments) portrays the existential angst and distraughtness that we all have, and her strength & perseverance represent everything we would like to have. It was a truly impacting story.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.14)
28 Votes
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Akira Kurosawa

Coming soon: Seven Samurai 3-Disc SE, remasters of Sanjuro and Yojimbo. Wish list: Criterion editions of Dodes'ka-den, The Idiot, I Live in Fear, and Scandal, and an anamorphic remaster of High and Low.

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