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January 25, 2010

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This is an especially interesting film in the light of Kurosawa's films of propaganda, like "The Most Beautiful," that I assume the Japanese government forced him to make during the way. His use of a female heroine - who declares herself against the war and works against the Japanese government - is wonderfully subversive.

Hi Jeannine ~ this film was made during the Occupation under the very careful eyes of General McArthur and his staff. There were many revisions to the script in order to bring it up to the censors' code ... but as I point out, they (the Americans) were ultimately very pleased with it. It is AK's sole film (other than "Most Beautiful") which features a woman as the main character! ~ what's really subversive is that a year and a half later, McArthur would not have permitted this film to be made due to the change in attitude about communism/socialism!

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