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Sanshiro Sugata Part II (1945)

Japan, 83m, B&W
Director:  Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Susumu Fujita, Denjiro Okochi, Kokuten Kodo, Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Akitake Kono, Yukiko Todoroki

sanshiroIn the sequel to Sanshiro Sugata (1943), Sanshiro, the accomplished Judo student turned local fighting “legend” through his defeat of Jujitsu challengers once again must test his Judo skills, but this time against late nineteenth century American boxing – which is depicted as vulgar, and Karate – which is considered less disciplined and therefore not a true martial art. Like the original film, Sanshiro must find a balance between personal desires and cultural expectations. As a consequence of when this film was made – near the end of World War 2, and the criticism leveled at the original film, the sequel’s portrayal of the brutish Americans is also part propaganda and part historical document (Klaus Ming January 2011).

2 comments on “Sanshiro Sugata Part II (1945)

  1. Joachim Boaz

    Have you seen Masaki Kobayashi’s three part film, The Human Condition? It looks absolutely spectacular…

    Part I.

  2. Klaus

    No I haven’t but it looks pretty intriguing. I may have to take a little break from Japanese films after my AK100 exercise, but i’ll definitely add it to my must see at some point list!

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