Waga Seishun ni Kuinashi (No Regrets for Our Youth) (1946)

Waga Seishun ni Kuinashi (No Regrets for Our Youth)

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Based on the Takikawa incident of 1933, in which a prominent professor was forced out of his position by the government for his leftist views, Akira Kurosawa directs this socially minded tale about a pure-hearted lass coming to terms with the corrupt nature of the world. Though professor Yagihara (played by silent film star Denjiro Okochi) is relieved of his teaching responsibilities, his young vivacious daughter, Yukie (Setsuko Hara), remains blithely unaware of the fractious state of Japanese … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Akira Kurosawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2008
Runtime:
Toho

Cast


as Prof. Yagihara

as His Wife

as Yukie his daughter

as Ruykichi Noge

as Itokawa

as Police Commissioner

as His Father

as His Mother

as Hakozaki

as Student

as Student
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Critic Reviews for Waga Seishun ni Kuinashi (No Regrets for Our Youth)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

[A] dense and beautiful work.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

An important early contribution to the director's oeuvre and a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of his creative style.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Senses of Cinema

Kurosawa explores the maze of shame, honour, tragedy and pride, and the curious stigma attached to those who denounced the country's involvement in the war.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Film4

Kurosawa uses his considerable filmmaking skills to nail down a pic Stanley Kramer would be proud to call his own because of its liberal message.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The final cresting of Akira Kurosawa's short-lived interest in female strength

Full Review… | March 14, 2010
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Waga Seishun ni Kuinashi (No Regrets for Our Youth)

one of kurosawa's earliest films, this one has his characteristic great diologue and thoughtful presentation. this is one of my least favorite kurosawa films, it starts well and sort of loses something along the way and the film drags you through things unnecessary to the story. but it was still very good in most respects. when one of kurosawa's worst films could be this good, its just more evidence that he was a master filmmaker.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

½

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[font=Century Gothic]"No Regrets for Our Youth" starts with a group of university students on a leisurely hike when suddenly the gunfire of army maneuvers punctures the calm. Later, what is initially thought to be a snake invading their paradise turns out to be the body of a fallen soldier.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]It is 1933 and Japan has invaded Manchuria which Professor Yagihara(Denjiro Okochi) opposes. His subsequent firing sparks protests not only on campus in Kyoto, but also nationwide. Trying to stay out of the fray, his daughter Yukie(Setsuko Hara) is torn between two fellow students, Noge(Susumu Fujita), leader of the student movement, and Itokawa(Akitake Kono). The protests are quickly crushed by authorities, sending Noge to jail while Itokawa becomes a prosecutor.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Inspired by real events, "No Regrets for Our Youth" is an inversion of the basic war propaganda movie, advising the populace to not follow the mob but to take a firm stand for what it believes in. Along these same lines, Japan during World War II is portrayed as not being as fanatical as it had been elsewhere. I was pleased to see that peace movements are timeless and universal but also distressed that so is red baiting. As political as this movie is, it is first and foremost a compelling story of personal discovery with a rare female protagonist from Akira Kurosawa that does admittedly drag a little in the middle.[/font]
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Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

More of an artistic touch present in this film than in Kurosawa earlier films. This film is well shot, but a little slowly paced that it becomes boring at times to watch. It is a provocative depiction of the struggle of a women. A great look into the lives of students and revolutionaries in Japan during the 1930s. Denjiro Okochi and Susumu Fujita deliver performances which completely made me forget they acted in the Sanshiro Sugata films not so long before this film. Long time Kurosawa collaborator, Takashi Shimura, makes a brief appearance as a not so sympathetic police officer but nonetheless makes his mark on the film with his famous ruminative expression. The most credit goes to Setsuko Hara, with whom I fell absolutely in love with in Ozu's Tokyo Story. Hara undergoes a dynamic change and her ability to show growth and maturity despite being so good at acting as an once naive and careless city girl was very surprising and convincing to watch. Her portrayal of her character is masterful as she enters the rural farmlands to help her in-laws. This is a must-see film from Kurosawa because it is his first real attempt at a serious and complex film and for Hara's brilliant performance.

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