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. —The Criterion Collection
The son of an army officer, Kurosawa studied art before gravitating to film as a means of supporting himself. He served seven years as an assistant to director Kajiro Yamamoto before he began his own directorial career with Sanshiro Sugata (1943), a film about the 19th century struggle for supremacy between adherents of judo and jujitsu that so impressed the military government, he was prevailed upon to make a sequel (Sanshiro Sugata Part Two). Following the end of World War II, Kurosawa’s career gathered speed with a series of films that cut across all genres, from crime thrillers to period dramas. Among the latter, his Rashomon (1951) became the first postwar Japanese film to find wide favor with Western audiences. It was Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954), however, that made the largest impact of any of his movies outside of Japan. Although heavily cut for its original release, this three-hour-plus medieval action drama, shot with painstaking… read more
No Regrets for our Youth is story about a girl, and what decisions she makes to bring meaning and purpose to her life.There was lot of political stuff going on but all i cared about was seeing Setsuko hara.I think this is the one and only film where Kurosawa had a female as his lead character and he couldn't have made a better choice than choosing Setsuko Hara.
With a wonderful story, great direction by Kurosawa, and performance by Hara that convincingly displays her character from naive, reckless independent girl to city-living working woman to responsible, hardworking, and widowed farmer. Definitely took a second viewing to see how wonderful it all was.
As the 1946 date indicates, this moving drama from Akira Kurosawa was truly a hot-off-the-presses sort of enterprise; the country had barely been liberated from militarist oppression than the young… read review