This celebrated classic evokes the bucolic life of mountain farmers in the tale of a girl (17-year-old Hideko Takamine) who cares for a colt until her family sells it to the army, which was ever in need of fresh animals for an expanding war.
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This is a charming and very lyrical film and Kurosawa surely directed at least some scenes. But I don't think it should be counted as a Kurosawa film, because he always denied that this was his starting point, considering Sanshiro Sugata as his true debut.