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Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

Sugata Sanshirô (original title)
Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life.

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Denjirô Ôkôchi ...
Susumu Fujita ...
Yukiko Todoroki ...
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata ...
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Hansuke Murai, Sayo's father
Ranko Hanai ...
Sugisaku Aoyama ...
Tsunetami Iinuma
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Police Chief Mishima
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Master Saburo Monma
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Buddhist Priest
Michisaburo Segawa ...
Hatta
Akitake Kôno ...
Sôji Kiyokawa ...
Kunio Mita ...
Akira Nakamura ...
Toranosuke Niizeki
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Sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, comes to the city to apprentice at a jujitsu school. His first night, he sees Yano in action, a master of judo, a more spiritual art, and he begs to be Yano's student. As the youth learns technique, he must also learn "satori," the calm acceptance of Nature's law. If he can balance strength and control, then judo may become the training regimen for the city's police, Sanshiro can gain respect from an old teacher in a jujitsu school, and he can win the hand of Sayo, that teacher's daughter, who is also sought by jujitsu's finest master, the implacable Higaki, who vows to kill Sanshiro in a midnight fight on a windswept mountainside. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cinematographer Akira Mimura recollected in his diary the outdoor scene of Yano fighting the jujitsu men by the riverside, claiming near zero temperatures forced the men thrown into the river to one by one be immediately pulled out of the water and driven to the hotel to warm up. See more »

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Remade as Ninkyô yawara ichidai (1966) See more »

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Outstanding from Akira
2 July 2000 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Sugata sanshiro is a wonderful feel-good film. It's tough to say that about a movie with martial arts where violence abounds, but Kurosawa's subtle approach to character development and mood carry this film above and beyond. Even those who don't look for the art in films will see the beauty of this direction. The definition of characters is difficult to follow in the early scenes, but Susumu Fujita does a marvelous job with his portrayal of an-unsure judo student. Definitely a film that deserves your full attention.


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