Saturday, May 9, 2009
Today's movie is Akira Kurosawa's No Regrets For Our Youth from 1946. Kurosawa first film after the war and his only film to have a female protagonist. The film starts out before the war with a group of anti-fascist students at Kyoto University. We follow Setsuko Hara and Susumu Fujita's characters as they grow older and as the latter becomes more involved in the anti-war movement. The best sequence in this film was with Setsuko Hara preparing the soil/muck for rice planting. The film's worth it alone for this. Kurosawa was very much at the top of his game so early on. The film is out on criterion with a different cover image.