Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Martial Arts, Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This first effort by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was originally released as Sanshiro Sugata . The film, made under reasonably smooth conditions despite the war, is based on a best-selling novel about the creation of Judo. Most of the film explores the relationship between the creator of this form of self-defense and his faithful protege. In addition to establishing the reputation of Kurosawa, the film made a popular star of Susumu Fujita. Sanshiro Sugata was remade by Shigeo Tanaka in 1955 and again by Seiichuro Uchikawa ten years later.

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conflict, discipline, forbidden-love, martial-arts, master [expert], skills