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Akira Kurosawa's
Zoku Sugata Sanshiro
Sanshiro Shugata Part II

directed by
Akira Kurosawa

A follow-up on Sanshiro Shugata. Kurosawa never liked it very much, and he's right. Still, an interesting movie. It has been made after Japan had lost the war, and very quickly too: released May 3. The movie is full of American extras and actors, made for one guaranteed audience. Our Hero wins every match against boxers Western style, using his own karate techniques. Now, if this movie had been burned, like its predecessor, that would be understandable. But of course it must have been pre-censored.

Somewhere I read some fool commenting that this movie was so bad, it must have been made by another man than Kurosawa.
I don't think so. Especially that tumble in the snow ending one fight, is typical Kurosawa.
But if the guy saw the same copy I did, I can at least understand his feelings.

Produced by Toho Co. Ltd.
Japan 1945

83 minutes, B/W, Academy screen



after the novel by
art director
music by
Motohiko Ito
Akira Kurosawa
Tsuneo Tomita
Hiroshi Suzuki
Takeo Ito
Seicho Suzuki
Yoshima Dan
Yujiro Toda
Susuma Fujita
Denjiro Okuchi
Akitake Kono
Ryunosuke Tsukigata
Yokio Todoroki
Shoshi Kiyokawa

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