It spawned a sequel, sanshiro sugata part ii, which was released in 1945 and also directed by kurosawa. Sanshiro sugata part two is more like a bad remake of the former. In a previous discussion on sanshiro sugata sanshiro sugata. The action scenes are flat, with little of kurosawas trademark energy or style though one does appreciate his use of montage editing to show the. This got me thinking about other possible references to religion in. Most of the film explores the relationship between the creator of this form of selfdefense and his faithful protege. On imdb tv, you can catch hollywood hits and popular tv series at no cost. After the success of the first sanshiro sugata, the government recognised its stirring potential for propaganda and ordered the production of a second. Sanshiro sugata part two, however, is clearly a fictional narrative directed in a form that we can point to very clearly and say, this is a movie. Gennosuke higaki, the villain from sanshiro sugata, played by ryunosuke tsukigata, arrives unexpectedly at the training facility of sanshiro sugata susumu fujita again and hes not in a good way.
Sanshiro sugata, part two kurosawas first film was such a success that the studio pressured the director into making a sequel. This 1945 japanese film by renowned director akira kurosawa, is a sequel to its better known predecessor, sanshiro sugata 1943. The main character is based on shiro saigo, a legendary judoka. The centerpiece of the whole film follows as sanshiro sugata throws himself in a freezing pond and stays there throughout the night to show his devotion. Overseen by kurosawa himself and produced by kurosawa productions together with toho, this film was originally planned as kurosawas next work after high and low. This entry is part of the criterion blogathon sponsored by criterion blues, silver screenings, and speakeasy.
Sanshiro sugata part two takes place five years after the beginning of the first film. All that, and a brief revisit to the first films love interest between sanshiro and miss sayo create some fairly blatant, heavyhanded melodramatic touches throughout sanshiro sugata, part two, but theyre a necessary part of kurosawas apprenticeship. Full episodes of sugata sanshiro part 2 english sub. Sugata uses his newly learned prowess to gain a measure of respect from.
Starring susumu fujita as the title character, sanshiro sugata is a thrilling martial arts action tale, but its also a moving story of moral education thats quintessential kurosawa. Its tough to say that about a movie with martial arts where violence abounds, but kurosawas subtle approach to character development and mood carry this film above and beyond. Rob kelly 1 comment in the 1950s, the country at the pinnacle of world cinema in both style and content was japan. Alan clarkes film of a day in the life of a professional footballer as he deals with the newfound pressures of money, glamour and celebrity in the 1970s game. Kurosawas effortless debut is based on a novel by tsuneo tomita about the rivalry between judo and jujitsu. Sanshiro sugata is the first film directed by famed director akira kurosawa. Sanshiro sugata sanshiro sugata 1943 was the first film that kurosawa directed.
Sanshiro sugata goes beyond its historical sources and political program, as ambitious films tend to do. First released in japan on 25 march 1943 by toho film studios, the film was eventually released in the united states on 28 april 1974. Kurosawa was not the name he is now this was certainly not a film made for the purpose of entertainment of western audiences. Sanshiro sugata remake of kurosawas films that narrates the stories of both sanshiro sugata aka judo saga and sanshiro sugata part 2 aka judo saga ii. The result is a hugely entertaining adventure, reuniting most of the major players from the original and featuring a twopart narrative in which sanshiro first fights a pair of americans and. The lotus, truth and beauty ugetsu and vili examined the image of the lotus and its possible relation to the idea of buddhist enlightenment. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free. Sanshiro sugata also wound up being more personal, and less propagandaoriented, than any of akira kurosawas subsequent films made during world war ii, such as the most beautiful 1944 or even sanshiro sugata part ii 1945.
I had to force myself to arouse the desire to go back to it and continue it. It was filmed in early 1945 in japan towards the end of world war ii. The result is a hugely entertaining adventure, reuniting most of the major players from the original and featuring a twopart 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 films. Yes, absolutely, but this weak narrative thread exists in the same film. Sanshiro sugata part ii is a 1945 japanese action drama film written and directed by akira kurosawa.
The result is a hugely entertaining adventure, reuniting most of the major players from the original and featuring a twopart narrative in which sanshiro first fights a pair of americans and then finds himself the. It is based on the novel by tsuneo tomita, son of tomita tsunejiro, the earliest disciple of judo. T o watch sanshiro sugata, one of the most accomplished directorial debuts in film history, is to marvel at the emergence of a film artist whose aesthetic sensibility is fully formed from the first reel. This film is strongly about the differences between the united states and japanese fighting culture, but to me this never came off as propaganda like some critics, such as brian libby, have stated. Early in the film, we are reintroduced to the title character when he comes across a brutish american sailor. Part two is not an overly bad film, but its simple to the point where it may as well be plotless. Judo saga ii is a 1945 japanese action drama film written and directed by akira kurosawa. Set in 1882, it is not quite the typical japanese historical drama, which tends to take place much earlier, but its setting does invoke tradition, and the old ways of doing things. This isnt just a martial arts movie from the good old days but is a historic movie which marks the directorial debut of the legendary akira kurosawa. The film itself was quite influential at the time, and has been remade on no fewer than five occasions. The problem is, the movie is totally a propaganda vehicle for the japanese. However, upon his arrival he discovers a new form of selfdefence. Now, having seen the sequel to sugata sanshiro, one thing is certain.
Us coronavirus outbreak still in escalation phase, health expert fauci tells facebooks zuckerberg. Over the next decade, he would learn to convey similar feelings but with much greater. Sanshiro sugata susumu fujita sayo murai yukiko todoroki gennosuke higakiteshin higaki, gennosukes younger brother ryunosuke tsukigata saiduchi, buddhist priest kokuten kodo yoshima dan akitake kono yujiro toda shoji kiyokawa kohei tsuzaki kunio mita daisuburo hidarimonji ko ishida kihei sekine kazu hikari. While sanshiro sugata, part two does have its moments including a couple of particularly good scenes between sanshiro and his sensei, the film is surprisingly uninspiring almost completely average in both its style and production. Early in the film, we are reintroduced to the title character when he comes across a brutish american sailor beating a japanese boy. Unlike the original sugata sanshiro, the sequel is considered a propaganda film. Sanshiro sugata part two is akira kurosawas first sequel and its so derivative. Full list episodes sugata sanshiro part 2 english sub viewasian, a 1945 film written and directed by akira kurosawa. Sanshiro sugata, part two 1945 the criterion collection. Sugata is reborn there symbolized by a lotus flower blooming in the night.
Even those who dont look for the art in films will see the beauty of this direction. This film follows a powerful judo practitioner as he takes on opponents from jiu jitsu schools as a way of proving the worth of judo. The title is the name of the lead character, a young man studying martial arts. Sanshiro sugata part 2 has a lot of different themes to its predecessor and has quite a different point of view of the first film as well. Sanshiro sugata was remade by shigeo tanaka in 1955 and again by seiichuro uchikawa ten years later. As the film was made during world war ii, it not surprisingly contains.
Japanese filmmakers are at least as widely known outside japan as its authors. What sanshiro sugata, part two and sanjuro both have in common. His teacher, shogoro yano, is a devout man who has aroused the enmity of the local practitioners of jujitsu, the older and more accepted of the two sports. This film has been modified from its original version without consulting the director or the production staff.
It wasnt my introduction to kurosawa, however, having already seen. Or perhaps it is just a film about a judo warrior, and a celebration of that culture. Sanshiro sugata part two letterboxd your life in film. Sanshiro sugata part two 1945 directed by akira kurosawa. I saw the kurosawas first film, sugata sanshiro 1943, many years ago and was much impressed by the story and the spirit of martial arts, thus portrayed. Like many such relationships, this one is shown to be a.
Sanshiro sugata 1943 and sanshiro sugata, part two. It is based on the novel by tsuneo tomita, son of tomita. Akira kurosawa great director profile senses of cinema. The first films of akira kurosawa sanshiro sugata the most beautiful sanshiro sugata, part two the men who tread on the tigers tail the criterion collection at. The sanshiro films were made when he was just getting started. Its obviously a completely different fighting style, but sano doesnt really explain himself. Sugata sanshiro, aka judo saga is a 1943 japanese action drama film and the directorial debut of the japanese film director akira kurosawa. A wise teacher reveals to sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of. Kurosawas first film was such a success that the studio leaned on the director to make a sequel.
Part of what makes sanshiro sugata part two deficient for critics and kurosawa scholars is the overt propaganda that was refreshingly absent from sanshiro sugata. In addition to establishing the reputation of kurosawa, the film made a popular star of susumu fujita. Both concern the relationship between shogoro yano denjiro okochi, the founder of the martial arts discipline of judo, and sanshiro sugata susumu fujita, one of his principal students. First released in japan on 25 march 1943 by toho film studios, the fil. In april 1952, akira kurosawas directorial debut, sanshiro sugata 1943, was rereleased to japanese theaters with a rather heartwrenching disclaimer. The latter film, though it was a sequel to sanshiro sugata, is different in tone as it promotes japanese judos. Nationalistic messages appropriate to wartime are transformed, reworkedcinematizedthrough kurosawas remarkably dynamic approach to film style. The story of sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, who travels into the city in order to learn jujutsu. One judo throw is thoroughly unlikely to knock a trained fighter unconscious. Right smack in the middle of sanshiro sugata part ii is a magical scene that transcends the muck around it. Sugata sanshiro ichiban utsukushiku tora no o wo fumu otokotachi waga seishun ni kuinashi subarashiki nichiyobi.
The plot follows the eponymous sanshiro sugata susumu fujita, a new judo warrior who becomes known for his great strength. A young man, sanshiro sugata, troubled by personal problems, takes up judo. Remake of kurosawas films sanshiro sugata and sanshiro sugata part 2. Were reminded that even the most venerable heroes and masters never fully arrive, but. Italy reports highest jump in deaths as china announces zero new domestic infections. Even though both films are fictional, sanshiro sugata part two stands out all the more as being fictitious, so we are less forgiving at what it may be saying than we. According to japanese cinema scholar donald richie, the reason kurosawa was allowed to direct the film was because he had had two film scripts printed, including one of which had won the education ministers prize. Sanshiro sugata part two 1945 was not a remake, so the situation could have been worse, but it was still a question of refrying to a certain extent. Sanshiro sugata is the directorial debut of the japanese film director akira kurosawa. Sanshiro sugata part two is akira kurosawas first sequel and its so derivative that the only innovation of note is that it is debatably the first sequel in history to be numbered. It requires some investment in the history of japanese martial arts to really care about the relatively minor events.1576 877 1298 1209 1626 1440 1563 727 565 980 264 182 99 1542 582 1327 611 338 592 53 118 503 241 620 961 980 805 134 930 797 1589 839 1268 1144 838 1193 982 327 1335 342 795 587 199 351 66 1366 1038