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No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)
"Waga seishun ni kuinashi" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 June 1980 (USA)
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The daughter of a politically disgraced university professor struggles to find a place for herself in love and life, in the uncertain world of Japan leading into WWII.

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Susumu Fujita ...
Ruykichi Noge
Denjirô Ôkôchi ...
Haruko Sugimura ...
Madame Noge
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Kuninori Kôdô ...
Mr. Noge
Akitake Kôno ...
Itokawa
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Police Commissioner 'Poison Strawberry' Dokuichigo
Taizô Fukami ...
Minister of Education
Masao Shimizu ...
Professor Hakozaki
Haruo Tanaka ...
Student
Kazu Hikari ...
Detective
Hisako Hara ...
Itokawa's Mother
Shin Takemura ...
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Tateo Kawasaki ...
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In 1933, in Kyoto, the academic freedom is under attack and the spoiled daughter of Professor Yagihara, Yukie Yagihara, is courted by the idealistic student Ruykichi Noge and by the tolerant Itokawa. When the academic freedom is crushed by the fascists, Professor Yagihara and the members of the Faculty of Law resigns from their positions and Noge is arrested. Five years later, Noge visits Professor Yagihara and his family under the custody of the now Prosecutor Itokawa and tells that he is going to China. Yukie decides to move alone to Tokyo and years later, she meets Itokawa in Tokyo and he tells that Noge is living in Tokyo. Yukie visits Noge and they become lovers. In 1941, Noge is arrested accused of ringleader of a spy network and Yukie is also sent to prison. When she is released, she decides to move to the peasant village where Noge's parents live and are blamed of being spies by the villagers. She changes her lifestyle and works hard with Madame Noge planting rice and earning ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The two piano pieces that Yukie is heard playing are the final movement ("The Great Gate of Kiev") from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modeste Mussorgsky and the Prelude in E-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 19, by Frederic Chopin. See more »

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I have no regrets at all watching No Regrets for our Youth....
12 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While not among Kurasawa's very best films, No Regrets For Our Youth is nonetheless very interesting and impressive. Marking his breakthrough as a film-maker, it is a great early effort from who I consider the king of Japanese cinema. Technically and visually, it cannot be faulted. The scenery is beautiful and epic still(though even more so in films like Seven Samurai, Kagemusha and Ran) and the camera work is sweeping and very accomplished in its technique. The script really helps to enhance the compelling and very moving story that is high on politics, romantic innocence and emotional impact, and the characters whether as students or 10 years older are convincing and emphatic throughout. Setsuku Hara is astonishing, spirited and innocent as well as managing to convey a lot of depth. Kurasawa's direction as ever is subtle while also giving credibility to the story and characters while showing a great sense of style. Overall, a great film, well worth seeing if not quite one of my favourites. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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