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A still from Uma (1941)


1941 | Japan | 129 min
  • Watched on Wed Feb 24, 2021 via VHS-rip
    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    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.

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