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  1. MGeo's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    For a director's first movie, this is impressive and showed that Kurosawa had an eye. Sadly, this movie is rather rote because it is by-the-numbers by today's standards. I wonder if the full (now lost) version would have made it somewhat better than what exists today. If you are going to go through Kurosawa's filmography, best to save this one near the end of your marathon as there are so many better films.

  2. dionysus67's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    All the Kurosawa ingredients are here in embryonic form: the moral fibre of a strong-willed individual versus social disintegration, the unsurpassed command over natural elements, the discipline behind excellence and the blossoming of character. The ritual of education achieves resonance in the juxtaposition of the impeccable judogi of the aged Murai versus Sanshiro's torn one. A remarkable debut!

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    Premier film du metteur en scène qui contient déjà toute la thématique de Kurosawa ; l'affrontement, la rédemption, l'échange entre générations, l'humanisme...

  4. ap's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

  5. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

  6. Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    Bresson and Kurosawa both made their feature debuts this year, and what mastery there is from the first, how terrifically impressive they are. This is the kind of film that shows what separates the men from the boys.

  7. Angel's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    First film on the journey through Kurosawa's filmography. What a badass final fight scene!

  8. Kian Ross's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    I's a nice little film that hints at what is to come. The that really stuck out to me is the time lapse effect that was done with the shoes. A clever simple idea that is executed wonderfully. It is scenes like this that tell what Kurosawa's basic film language will become. The ending fight is a nice use of elements that Kurosawa is the best at.

  9. emichan's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    Akira Kurosawa sensei no saisho no eiga

  10. codyhunter's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

  11. Andre Rehal's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    Great debut film. I think the 17 minutes the censors cut out would have tied some of the scenes together instead of the voice over narrative breaks. Regardless, I still enjoyed it.

  12. raithrover's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    His debut and an new talent was already evident. Damn those wartime censors who removed 17 minutes, now sadly lost. What we have is memorable but feels fractured in places.

  13. Frank's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    One of the most innovative and influential Jidai-geki's of Japan's early film history. The influence on later masters of the genre like Kobayashi is obvious, yet the film is overshadowed by Kurosawa's later archievements.

  14. A47's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    "But your judo and my judo are worlds apart. Do you know why? Because you don't understand humanity." I am convinced that, had the original cut been preserved, this would be considered a masterpiece. Despite flaws, he lays the foundation for a plethora of genres. The tracking and crane shots are later transcribed by Leone & the characters by Tarentino. Filmed with conviction and yet a WISE film. This was a DEBUT?!

  15. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    Kurosawa's influential debut packs a punch with its excellent editing, use of sound and silence, and solid themes that would be refined throughout his career. How he managed to make this quality debut despite the censor's cutting is an incredible feat.

  16. Matt Severson's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    While there is no swordfighting, the film does feel like an early version of one of his later samurai films. It's amazing to see how much of his later style is all here -- the action sequences are exhilarating; his use of natural elements is masterful (especially in the time-lapsed clouds), and the film's finale: a fight atop a mountain top in amidst windswept grasses -- is extraordinary.

  17. Stu Witmer's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

  18. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    ***1/2 More a set of great scenes than a great film. The last fight in the storm, the seduction scene on the stairs between Sanshiro and Sayo, Gennosuke Higaki character and the violence of the fights. Recommended.

  19. Samurai Panda Poetry's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    There's some excellent facial hair in this film. Takashi Shimura's sporting one hell of a moustache.

  20. CJ Roy's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    Rain falling on structures and nature as it collects on a closed umbrella. The silence before a match, and the calm before grappling. The way a camera moves over its subjects during combat as if it was the martial art itself. The melancholy inside every throw, the kind known better as experience. A belief that people can learn and change, that a wall is just a wall and you can move past it.

  21. Franklinton Underground Cinema's rating of the film Sanshiro Sugata

    excellent, engaging first film from Kurosawa, despite being significantly cut down to a mere 80 minute film. 25 film box set is beautiful! Bravo.