No Regrets for Our Youth (Waga seishun ni kui nashi)
1946, 110 min., b&w., 35mm.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Written by Eijiro Hisaita. With Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita and Denjiro Ohkohchi. Distributed by Cowboy Pictures and Toho.
Akira Kurosawa deals with the case of Professor Takigawa of Kyoto University, who was persecuted by the military government in 1933 for his liberalism. The film also depicts a student of the professor, modeled on Hotsumi Ozaki, who was later arrested and executed in 1944 as a spy. Kurosawa created an unusually strong female character in the professor’s daughter, later the student’s lover. After he is arrested for his anti-war activities and dies in prison, she goes to live and work with his parents in their poor farming village in the face of the community’s ostracism.
See press coverage of this series on the following pages of our press room:
The Village Voice, 1/23/03
The New York Times, 1/24/03
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