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No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

Waga seishun ni kuinashi (original title)
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 ...
Denjirô Ôkôchi ...
Haruko Sugimura ...
Madame Noge
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Kokuten 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 ...
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Kazu Hikari ...
Detective
Hisako Hara ...
Itokawa's Mother
Shin Takemura ...
Prosecutor
Tateo Kawasaki ...
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In 1933, in Kyoto, 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 movement is crushed by the fascists, Professor Yagihara and the members of the Faculty of Law resign 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 them that he is going to China. Yukie decides to move alone to Tokyo and years later, she meets Itokawa in Tokyo and tells her that Noge is living in Tokyo. Yukie visits Noge and they become lovers. In 1941, Noge is arrested accused of being the 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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Title Card: After the Manchurian Incident the militarists attempted to unify domestic opinions in order to realize their ambition to invade Asia. They denounced as "Red" any ideology that might hinder their policy. Professors and students fought the suppression. The Kyoto University Disturbance was one of their struggles for freedom.
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Heartfelt story of Personal Courage
1 September 2004 | by (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – See all my reviews

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 noticeable) distortions in movement, lending to the film a certain artistic sense that others do not have. It gives almost an eerie sense to it, and often times it seems to be somewhat drab, however: it seems to add very much to the mood of the story.

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 portrayal of events concerning Japanese imperial rule 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 the militarism and fascism of her day; 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 portrayal 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 (especially Yukie's emotional moments) portrays the existential angst that we all have, and her strength & perseverance represent everything we would like to have. It was a truly impacting story.

I was especially keen on the ability of Akira Kurosawa to take some of the most inward, personal moments of extreme sadness and put them into the film and, without any seeming prior explanation, the viewer is able to relate in their own way. This film highlights a philosophy of oneself against the world, and the importance of being true to one self. The message was portrayed very clearly and the end result is a masterpiece of Cinema that is greatly overlooked.


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