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
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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 »
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".
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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