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No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

Waga seishun ni kuinashi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 June 1980 (USA)
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.


Akira Kurosawa


Eijirô Hisaita (screenplay), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Setsuko Hara ... Yukie Yagihara
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Ruykichi Noge
Denjirô Ôkôchi ... Professor Yagihara, Yukie' father
Haruko Sugimura ... Madame Noge, Ryukichi's mother
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi ... Madame Yagihara, the prodessor's wife
Kokuten Kôdô ... Mr. Noge, Ryukichi's father
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno ... Itokawa
Takashi Shimura ... Police Commissioner 'Poison Strawberry' Dokuichigo
Taizô Fukami Taizô Fukami ... Minister of Education
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Professor Hakozaki
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Student
Kazu Hikari Kazu Hikari ... Detective
Hisako Hara Hisako Hara ... Itokawa's Mother
Shin Takemura Shin Takemura ... Prosecutor
Tateo Kawasaki Tateo Kawasaki ... Servant


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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Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

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No Regrets for Our Youth See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Black and White (processed by Toho Film Labortory)

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1.37 : 1
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Four days before the film was released, the workers at Toho went on strike, which lasted 51 days. Almost all of the studios most recognizable actors had walked, along with a few prominent directors, which opened up more opportunities for director Akira Kurosawa and unknown actor Toshirô Mifune. See more »


Professor Yagihara: No matter what hardship may befall you. You must try to learn something from it. That is important.
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Movie examines post-WWII Japanese society
30 April 2000 | by jerryhatrickSee all my reviews

This film focuses on the young woman Yukie, and her relationship with two of her male friends, Isokawa and Noge. Isokawa is weak-willed and practical while Noge is a fiery anti-war protester. Yukie is fascinated with Noge, but is unable to impress him because he is only concerned with the anti-war movement. Through the first part of the film, she follows an unfocused path, somewhat following Noge and somewhat rebelling against her parents, who would prefer she marry Isokawa and settle down. Yukie eventually settles down with Noge, and this is where the movie's pivotal point.

The title of the movie comes from Noge's statement to Yukie halfway through the film - she does not know he has continued his involvement in the anti-war movement, although he has spent time in prison and China for protesting. He tells her he has no regrets for any of his actions. Yukie doesn't quite understand until he is arrested and eventually killed for spying. Yukie has the option of returning home to her parents, but instead she finds Noge's parents and moves in with them. There she suffers hardship, sickness, and the humiliation of being known as an anti-war collaborator. The central question of the movie is why did she do this? Was she trying to "hold on" to a lost lover? Did she feel guilt over not having been more active in the anti-war movement? Was this her penance for a mis-spent youth? Even more perplexing is the way she rebukes Isokawa at the end of the film by refusing to show him Noge's grave - Isokawa had supported Japanese involvement in the war.

Perhaps the film is about the mind-state of Japan after losing the war - those who opposed the war, or who struggled through hardship to live normal lives, should value their actions in spite of the consequences. Those who supported the war deserve scorn and share in the responsibility of bloodshed.

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