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Akira Kurosawa might have had a very different directorial debut

Kurosawa described Nobuyoshi Morita, the producer who turned him down for “Advance Patrol”, as “the producer who raised me” in an interview with fellow filmmaker Nagisa Ōshima (via Khataakk). Before his death in 1951, Morita apparently told the director, “I made the biggest mistake of my life by not letting you do ‘Previous Patrol’ … but I can’t let a director do it last time. head to tackle such a big project.”

The last “Advance Patrol” was made in 1957, with the direction of Kazuo Mori. However, Kurosawa felt that “the film could only be made then,” when it was initially shown. “It was written at a time when Japan, Germany and Italy were allies,” he explains. “I feel its time has passed…it missed the time to complete.”

The political situation changed drastically in Japan from 1942 to 1957. In 1942, Japan and the Soviet Union were on the verge of war. The Soviet Union would declare war on Japan just three years later, again fighting for territory in Manchuria, just as it had in the Russo-Japanese War. By 1957, the war was long over. Neither attacked the other for over a decade, and their state of war officially ended with the 1956 Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration. By the time Japanese audiences watched “Advance Patrol,” the story was may have felt stale – and Kurosawa would certainly agree.

Kurosawa has gone on to make dozens of beloved films, from “Seven Samurai” to “Yojimbo,” but it’s a pity that some of his early works have been compromised. If he had only been trusted to direct “Advance Patrol” in 1942, he could have done real justice to his story and added another masterpiece to his collection. Instead, it was created after the time of a junior director, and then disappeared.

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