• Japan
  • 1945
  • 83 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
  •  

Kurosawa’s first film was such a success that the studio leaned on the director to make a sequel. The result is a hugely entertaining adventure, reuniting most of the major players from the original and featuring a two-part narrative in which Sanshiro first fights a pair of Americans and then finds himself the target of a revenge mission undertaken by the brothers of the original film’s villain.

Cast

Shogoro YanoDenjiro Ookouchi
Sanshiro SugataSusumu Fujita
Gennosuke Higaki/Tesshin HigakiRyunosuke Tsukigata
Genzaburo HigakiAkitake Kono
Sayo MuraiYukiko Todoroki

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ProducerMotohiko Ito
ScreenplayAkira Kurosawa
Original novel byTsuneo Tomita
CinematographyTakeo Ito
MusicSeiichi Suzuki
Production designKazuo Kubo

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