Film #223: SANSHIRO SUGATA PART 2
Sanshiro Sugata Part 2
3 out of 5 stars
A slightly more philosophical film that the first one, but just as satisfying. Susumu Fujita is a joy as the title character showing great depth of emotion as well as great humor. The action itself is still stilted (Kurosawa was known for his epic battle scenes not his portrayal of close quarters fisticuffs). The film quality is slightly marred, but Criterion does a good job cleaning it all up. Both SANSHIRO SUGATA films are worth seeing, particularly for Kurosawa completists.