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Grades: Sanshiro Sugata: B+; The Most Beautiful: B-; Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two: B; The Men Who Tread On The Tiger’s Tail: B+ Early in Akira Kurosawa’s 1943 directorial debut, Sanshiro Sugata, hero Susumu Fujita spends a night in a pond, clutching a stake to keep his head above water. Fujita, a young judo devotee with a bad habit of picking fights, is desperate to convince his sensei that he’s willing to change his ways, but apart from brute determination, he has no comprehension of how to take the next step on the path. Then, in the morning »
Over the last few years my interest in Akira Kurosawa has grown and grown, but it isn't as if I have been familiar with his work for all that long. It wasn't until August 25, 2007 that I saw my first Kurosawa film, and just as I assume to be the same for many before and after me, that film was Seven Samurai. I enjoyed it and began my exploration into Kurosawa using that film as my starting point. Since that day in August I have seen twelve more of Kurosawa's features and with Criterion's recent Eclipse release titled "The First Films of Akira Kurosawa" I have added four more to that tally.
This was my first time watching one of Criterion's Eclipse releases, which seem to primarily dedicate themselves to ensuring lesser known films from well known directors never die, and while they don't get the full Criterion treatment they will live on. »
- Brad Brevet
2 items from 2010
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