Sugata Sanshiro (Judo Saga) (Judo Story)
Sugata Sanshiro (Judo Saga) (Judo Story) (1943)

This first effort by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was originally released as Sanshiro Sugata . The film, made under reasonably smooth conditions despite the war, is based on a best-selling novel about the creation of Judo. Most of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 25, 1943
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Vigorously told, excellent drama about the martial arts.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A simple story, but an intricately crafted movie.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A conventional film.

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danny d
thank the criterion collection for putting together a coherent translation of this film. such a great precedent for other fight films to come. this film hits… More
Chris Browning
"Sanshiro Sugata" is the first film from the legendary Akira Kurosawa who went on to make some of the finest films the world has ever witnessed.… More
xGary Xx
Sugata Sanshiro is the story of a man who, through lessons taught to him by a wise martial arts master, learns important lessons in life. I found this film… More
Kurosawa's original cut does not exist anymore, what is left of it is a very raw first film. It has cliched plot, but some memorable shots like the final… More
Walter M.
In "Sanshiro Sugata," a group of jujitsu instructors get together to teach Yano(Denjiro Okochi) a lesson for having the gall to open a judo school of… More
Anthony Valletta
Good story hampered by some choppy editing. Although there are a few gaps, some trademark Kurosawa visual shine through and does manage to retain your interest… More