• Japan
  • 1943
  • 79 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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Kurosawa’s effortless debut is based on a novel by Tsuneo Tomita about the rivalry between judo and jujitsu. Starring Susumu Fujita as the title character, Sanshiro Sugata is a thrilling martial arts action tale, but it’s also a moving story of moral education that’s quintessential Kurosawa.

Cast

Shogoro YanoDenjiro Ookouchi
Sanshiro SugataSusumu Fujita
Sayo MuraiYukiko Todoroki
Sumi KodanaRanko Hanai
Gennosuke HigakiRyunosuke Tsukigata
Hansuke MuraiTakashi Shimura
Tsunetami IinumaSugisaku Aoyama
Buddhist priestKokuten Kodo

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ProducerKeiji Matsuzaki
ScreenplayAkira Kurosawa
Original novel byTomita Tsuneo
CinematographyAkira Mimura
Production designMasao Tozuka
MusicSeiichi Suzuki
EditingToshio Goto

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