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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.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

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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
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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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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Mono

Color:

Black and White (processed by Toho Film Labortory)

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1.37 : 1
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Filming in 1946, just after the war, many of the cast and crew were living very poor lives, going hungry quite often. One of the actors recalled a personal story of his stomach growling during filming, causing the scene to have to be shot again. See more »

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Servant: I'm a janitor, but I'll fight for freedom, too.
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Fight for Freedom
12 December 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1933, in Kyoto, the academic freedom is under attack and the spoiled daughter of Professor Yagihara (Denjirô Ôkôchi), Yukie Yagihara (Setsuko Hara), is courted by the idealistic student Ruykichi Noge (Susumu Fujita) and by the tolerant Itokawa (Akitake Kôno). 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, sooner she learns that Noge died in prison and 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 (Haruko Sugimura) planting rice and earning the respect of her mother and father-in-law. With the end of the war, freedom is restored in the defeated Japan and the flowers blossom again.

Japanese militarists used the Manchurian Incident as a pretext to press the public for support to invade the Asian mainland. Any opposing ideology was denounced as "Red". The Kyoto University Incident a.k.a. Takigawa Incident was one example of this tactic.

Using this historical event and the Japanese tradition as background, Akira Kurosawa released in 1946 the fictional "Waga seishun ni kuinashi" a.k.a. "No Regret for Our Youth" to disclose the lack of freedom in Japan of those years. I do not recall in this moment any other film of this great director with such strong female character. Further, Kurosawa seems to be influenced by Yasujirô Ozu disclosing the relationship of Yukie with her family first and with Noge's parents in the second half of his story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Não Lamento Minha Juventude" ("No Regret for Our Youth")


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