Sanshiro Sugata

Sanshiro Sugata

Saturday, April 11, 2 PM

Image credit: © 1943 Toho Co., Ltd.


Saturday, April 11, 2 PM 
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of all in our community, this film series and screening has been canceled and our building temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our COVID-19 page for information on ticket refunds, donations, and our virtual program initiatives.

Made under the watchful eye of the Japanese wartime government, Akira Kurosawa’s first film as a director is an adaptation of a popular novel about the legitimization of judo, based on the life of one of its earliest disciples, Shiro Saigo, and his training with the martial art’s founder Kano Jigoro. Despite the film’s required conformity to imperial national policy, Kurosawa’s authorial trademarks—including his recurring interest in the master-disciple dynamic, his influence from Western-style filmmaking and his masterful command of film technique—are clearly evident, resulting in a fascinating debut that offers a blueprint for understanding one of cinema’s greatest filmmakers.

“120/100” -Yasujiro Ozu

1943. 79 min. 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. With Denjiro Okochi, Susumu Fujita, Yukiko Todoroki, Ranko Hanai.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students and persons with disabilities/$10 Japan Society members.

3-Film Pass: $2 off each ticket when you purchase three films in the same transaction.

All-Access Pass: $77 ($7 per ticket for all 11 films in the series)

This program is part of our Aim for the Best: Sports in Japanese Cinema series.

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