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No Regrets for Our Youth1946

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  • 4.1
  • passes the bechdel test
In Akira Kurosawa's first film after the end of World War II, future beloved Ozu regular Setsuko Hara gives an astonishing performance as Yukie, the only female protagonist in Kurosawa's body of work and one of his strongest heroes. Transforming herself from genteel bourgeois daughter to independent social activist, Yukie traverses a tumultuous decade in Japanese history.

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Kurosawa’s first film where he didn’t have to answer to Japanese military censors. Instead, he had to answer to American military censors. But since they were promoting progress, free speech, and democracy, they were a definite improvement. I’ve always had a soft spot for this movie, which I’ve seen a couple of times theatrically. It’s Kurosawa’s only film (after The Most Beautiful) with a female protagonist, and the only one that’s unquestionably political and leaning leftward.

It’s the story of liberals and radicals and what they went through during the years of military dictatorship, as seen through the eyes of a young, initially apolitical woman. There’s nothing in the style that suggests Kurosawa, but there’s a joyful sense of freedom to it.

Perhaps, at the very beginning of the occupation, he felt optimistic.

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Setsuko is always wonderful_this gets better as it goes along_really interesting i don't now that much about Japanese history or why the Japanese chose the war path_they always seem so polite_but this is totally well done.