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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 ...
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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A master piece... one of the greatest.
14 July 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of Akira Kurosava. I didn't know anything about Japanese B/W films at all!.

And it proved a blessing for me as I watched this movie without even so much as battling an eyelid. Growing amazed an appreciative at the same time.

There is a strange kind of stillness in Kurosava's direction. Not the stillness to make you impatient but the stillness to make you feel the beauty of the moment, to get inside the character's mind.

It's a story about a lad who is headstrong but learns the truth of life along the way.

It's a movie about Judo and Jujitsu. It's a movie about budding love. It's a movie about a student and a great master. And it's a movie about Kurosava's greatness.

You can watch it for any reason and you'll not be disappointed. I wish all those movie makers of senseless violence, learn something from this one... while I find ways to get my hands on another of Kurosava's master pieces.


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