Saturday Oct 07 06:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
About the Film:
Part of Akira Kurosawa Retrospective
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1943. Japanese with English subtitles. 79 min.
Kurosawa’s wartime directorial debut is based on a novel by Tsuneo Tomita about the rivalry between judo and jiu jitsu, a bildungsroman set in the early days of judo. Sanshiro Sugata is both a martial arts action tale as well as a moving story of moral education, which is quintessential Kurosawa. The film follows the education of a young student, Sanshiro—who is based Saigō Shirō, one of the earlist disciples of judo. Sanshiro seeks to become a formidable judo expert under the tutelage of his master. When a judo school is pitted against a jiu jitsu school, Sanshiro emerges as a candidate worthy of proving judo’s competence against its rivals. The film was a hit and generated a sequel (which we also screen the same day).
Though the Sanshiro Sugata films were dogged by censors (part of the first has been lost) they still demonstrate Kurosawa’s expert control over film grammar as a budding director. The films kick off a month-long retrospective dedicated to Kurosawa’s illustrious career.
This film screens with Sanshiro Sugata Part II.