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Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (1945)

Zoku Sugata Sanshirô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action , Adventure | 3 May 1945 (Japan)
Sugata returns to prove his judo mastery in a match against Western opponents.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Denjirô Ôkôchi ... Shogoro Yano
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... Sanshiro Sugata
Ryûnosuke Tsukigata ... Gennosuke Higaki / Teshin Higaki, Gennosuke's younger brother
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno ... Genzaburo Higaki
Yukiko Todoroki ... Sayo
Sôji Kiyokawa Sôji Kiyokawa ... Yujiro Toda
Masayuki Mori ... Yoshima Dan
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ... Kohei Tsuzaki
Ko Ishida Ko Ishida ... Daisuburo Hidarimonji
Kazu Hikari Kazu Hikari ... Kihei Sekine
Kokuten Kôdô ... Buddhist Priest Saiduchi
Ichirô Sugai ... Yoshizo Fubiki
Osman Yusuf ... American Sailor (as Osman Yusef)
Roy James Roy James ... William Lister
E.H. Eric E.H. Eric
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In this government-suggested sequel, Sugata again grows as a judo master, and demonstrates his (and by extension, all Japanese) superiority to the foreign warrior. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The tale of Sanshiro Sugata continues!

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 May 1945 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Akira Kurosawa had no intention of ever making a sequel to Sanshiro Sugata (1943), but Toho pressured him into it after its great success. See more »

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Interesting rarity for Kurosawa buffs
26 April 2000 | by bymarkclark.comSee all my reviews

Due to its anti-American content, this film was never released in the US. Released in late 1945, in the early days of the American occupation of Japan, the movie has a strong anti-American slant. One of the two parallel plots of the film involves the young judo hero, Chee, and his battle to preserve the sanctity of the Japanese arts against the encroaching, brutish influence of American boxing. Americans are portrayed as a bunch of creeps. Eventually, Chee vanquishes the American champion to the wild cheers of his countrymen. This is by far the most interesting material in the film.

The judo vs boxing plot runs alongside a more pedestrian story: Chee is challenged by the brother of the karate master he vanquished at the finale of the original film. This story is a virtual carbon copy of the original, but with few of the original's charming nuances. The climactic final battle -- which takes place on a snow-covered moutainside -- is a pale imitation of the original's finale, which took place in a field of high grass.

The film also suffers from some of the same choppiness and fuzziness of narrative line that affected the original film, and a few other of Kurosawa's early works. Still, it's an entertaining effort. And it's remarkable as one of only two sequels Kurosawa ever filmed (the other being SANJURO, his follow-up to YOJIMBO). It appears Kurosawa learned from the experience of making SSP2 -- SANJURO is much more different from YOJIMBO than SSP2 is from its original, and a far more effective film than SSP2.


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