Assorted notes on Kurosawa's No Regrets for Our Youth:
— I always thought it was cheesy when critics referred to an actor as "a revelation", but I guess that's because I'd never seen Setsuko Hara in anything.
— Susumu Fujita in a shirt and tie, smoking a pipe and pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose... I've never been more strongly confident in my bisexuality.
— I love this story's pre- and post-war cyclicality, the sense that the war was a ten-year nightmare that the leftist intelligentsia of Japan are either waking up from, or didn't survive at all. You can really feel that this is a director spreading his wings after the government restrictions of the early…