Director Kon Ichikawa (b. 1915) has been responsible for some extraordinary Japanese statements about our common humanity and the horrors of war. He began his filmmaking career as a cartooning art supervisor, and later, in collaboration with his scenarist and scriptwriter wife (Natto Wada), made many of his best-known films, including Biruma no tategoto, or The Burmese Harp, and Nobi, or Fires on the Plain. His last collaboration with his wife, Tokyo Olympiad, signalled the beginning of a time in which he made some less-noteworthy films. This film, To Love Again, was made during that period. In this film, a Japanese girl and a French boy make strides in overcoming the cultural barriers that prevent them from fully expressing the love they have for one another.
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