This is one of a series of notes for A Chronological Biography of Akira Kurosawa.

Akira Kurosawa's first film.

The original film was lost during World War Two. Today's existing version of Sugata Sanshiro is a re-edited version from 1944.

A showdown between two men - a young undefeated judo master and the last but toughest champion of jujitsu. Prior to their match, one finds himself in the awkward position of having fallen in love with the other's master's daughter.

Title: Sugata Sanshiro (or Judo Saga)
Original Title in Japanese: Sugata Sanshiro
Running Time: 79 min
Year: 1943
Company: Toho
Writer: Akira Kurosawa
Director of Photography: Akira Mimura
Production Designer: Masao Tozuka
Music: Seiichi Suzuki
Assistant Director(s): Jin Usami, Toshio Sugie

Susumu Fujita(Sanshiro Sugata), Denjirou Oukouchi(Shogoro Yano), Ryunosuke TsukigataGennosuke Higaki), Takashi Shimura (Hansuke Murai)

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