Film #364: NO REGRETS OF OUR YOUTH
No Regrets of Our Youth
3 out of 5 stars
A Post-War Kurosawa film that looks at the transition from Pre-War to Post as seen through the eyes of a particular young woman. This is by no means the “sprawling epic” Kurosawa, but rather a small story which follows our heroine from naïve young socialite (for want of a better term) to a resilient woman of hardened character. Performances are solid (particularly Setsuko Hara in the main role). The film is also interesting for its presentation of Japanese thinking immediately after the war (the film was made in 1946). Filmed in beautiful B&W and presented in a lovely transfer by Criterion, this is a terrific view especially for Kurosawa fans and Japanese cinema freaks as well.