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Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
"Sugata Sanshirô" (original title)

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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 ...
Sayo Murai
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata ...
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Hansuke Murai, Sayo's father
Ranko Hanai ...
Osumi Kodana
Sugisaku Aoyama ...
Tsunetami Iimura
Ichirô Sugai ...
Police Chief Mishima
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Master Saburo Kodama
Kuninori Kôdô ...
Buddhist Priest
Michisaburo Segawa ...
Wada
Akitake Kôno ...
Sôji Kiyokawa ...
Kunio Mita ...
Akira Nakamura ...
Toranosuki Niiseki
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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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Excited about his prospects at filming the movie, Akira Kurosawa visited Toho producer Nobuyoshi Morita in the middle of the night immediately after reading it to beg him to buy the rights. Morita agreed to send someone out the next day. 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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