Directed by Akira Kurosawa and Kajirô Yamamoto. Starring Hideko Takamine, Chieko Takehisa, Kamatari Fujiwara, and Kaoru Futaba.
Akira Kurosawa’s directorial debut. He took over after his mentor, Kajirô Yamamoto, left for a more commercial effort. The story concerns the eldest daughter of a Japanese farming family who convinces her parents to foster a pregnant horse during the winter. I lack the cultural context to appreciate much of the film’s nuance, but the production impressed. Yamamoto insisted on authenticity, so production spanned years to accommodate photographing the passing seasons.