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Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

Sugata Sanshirô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 April 1974 (USA)
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.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denjirô Ôkôchi ... Shogoro Yano
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Sanshiro Sugata
Yukiko Todoroki ... Sayo Murai
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata ... Gennosuke Higaki
Takashi Shimura ... Hansuke Murai, Sayo's father
Ranko Hanai ... Osumi Kodana
Sugisaku Aoyama Sugisaku Aoyama ... Tsunetami Iinuma
Ichirô Sugai ... Police Chief Mishima
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Master Saburo Monma
Kokuten Kôdô ... Buddhist Priest
Michisaburo Segawa Michisaburo Segawa ... Hatta
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno ... Yoshimaro Dan
Sôji Kiyokawa Sôji Kiyokawa ... Yujiro Toda
Kunio Mita Kunio Mita ... Kohei Tsuzaki
Akira Nakamura Akira Nakamura ... Toranosuke Niizeki
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanshiro Sugata See more »

Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Information Section of the Japanese Navy, just after the success of this movie, approached Akira Kurosawa about making a film focusing on Zero fighter pilots. Due to budget issues at this stage in the war, he instead made The Most Beautiful (1944). See more »

Alternate Versions

Although originally released in Japan at 97 minutes, it was re-edited and re-released in Japan in 1952 at 80 minutes. This 80-minute version is all that is currently available, and it includes some slight changes in the film's structure as well as its running time. See more »

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Remade as Ninkyô yawara ichidai (1966) See more »

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Sugata Sanshirô: Missing the appeal
26 July 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Sugata Sanshirô is recognised as a cult classic, it spawned a sequel and more than one remake but I fail to see the mass appeal of this one.

It tells the story of a man who finds himself through Judo. He trains and becomes a sensation but he finds conflicts between his passion and his heart.

It's an odd little tale, light hearted compared to many of the early Tojo films but still has the recurring theme of honour above all else. In a modern age the concept being taken to this degree doesn't translate well, in fact it comes across really quite daft.

The judo sequences are oddly over the top, the plot is thin and though it's hardly terrible I certainly don't "Get it".

The Good:

Charming

The Bad:

Certainly niche

More over the top than you'd expect

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Slow dancing is customary before a judo competition

30ft throws are normal in Judo

Judo bouts are often to the death

Judo duels are a thing


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