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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
The film, co written by Akira Kurosawa and 'Eijiro Hisaita' over twenty days, was based on the true stories of persecuted liberal professor Yukitoki Takigawa in the early 1930's and expelled student Hotsumi Ozaki who was executed for treason in 1944. See more »
a mature early effort from the young Akira Kurosawa
World War II had just ended when a young Akira Kurosawa directed this story of one woman's rocky path to maturity, set against what was then a very contemporary background of pre- and post-war Japan. The intervening years may have dimmed the parallels meant to be drawn between the heroine's struggle and the plight of her country, but the story itself ought to be familiar: an independent and spirited young country girl sets out to experience life in the big city (Tokyo), falls in love with an older, wiser man of the world (a political activist plotting against the military government), and faces social and financial ruin before finally rediscovering her inner strength and a renewed appreciation for the simpler things in life. As in other Kurosawa films the drama doesn't begin to take hold until well into the second reel, but once underway it displays the director's usual grace and dignity, together with an Autumnal melancholy not uncommon to the Japanese artistic tradition.
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