“The genius of judo” ( 姿 三四郎 Sugata Sansiro:) - feature film, directorial debut of Japanese cinematographer Akira Kurosawa based on the Tsuneo Tomita novel “Sugata Sansiro”. It was released on March 25, 1943. The success of the film prompted Kurosawa to film his sequel in 1945 .
|Akira Kurosawa |
|In the main|
|Denjiro Okoti |
In March 1944, the film became a victim of censorship: after this intervention, which was not coordinated with the director, the genius of judo became shorter by almost 20 minutes: 1856 shaku (about 600 m) of the film were cut.
Tokyo, 1883 Sugata Sansiro, a village youth, comes to the capital to study jujitsu . Masters of different schools are fighting for a place as an inspector of martial arts schools at the city police. Anyone who becomes an inspector will be able to promote his school by providing official support. The master, to whom Sansiro came, with his students attack the masters of the judo school, a candidate for the inspector's place. The nobility and skill with which he repelled the attack, struck the young man. Throughout his life, the master devoted judo, finding in him not only martial art, but also the path to harmony and spiritual perfection.
The prototype of the protagonist was Saigo Shiro  .
- Denjiro Okoti - Yano Shogoro
- Susumu Fujita - Sugata Sansiro
- Yukiko Todoroki - Murai Sayo
- Ryunosuke Tsukigata - Higaki Gannosuke
- Takashi Shimura - Murai Hanske, father of Sayo
- Ranko Hanai - O-Sumi
- Sugisaku Aoyama - Inuma Tsunetami
- Itiro Sugai - General Mishima
- Yoshio Kosugi - Momma Saburo
- Kuninori Kodo - Buddhist Monk
- Michisaburo Sagawa - Hatta
- Akitake Kono - Dan Yoshimaro
- Soji Kiyokawa - Toda Yujiro
- Kunio Mita - Tsuzaki Kohei
- Akira Nakamura - Nijeki Toranosuke
- Eizaburo Sakauti - Nemoto
- Koh Yamamuro - Thorakichi
- Producer - Keiji Matsuzaki
- Screenwriter - Akira Kurosawa
- Operator - Akira Mimura
- Set Designer : Masao Totsuka
- Sound Engineer - Tomohisa Higuchi
- Lighting Engineer - Masaki Onum
- Composer - Seiichi Suzuki
- Assistant Director - Toshio Fugie
- Editor - Toshio Goto
- Director - Akira Kurosawa
Japanese film critic Nagabe Hideo , who published an analysis of Kurosawa’s creative path in the magazine Eiga-Hёron (1965, No. 7), finds that the Japanese government began to mobilize students in the army in the year the film was released. According to the critic, Akira Kurosawa could thus call for purifying self-control and preparedness for suffering  .
From the moment it was released, the film was re-shot 5 times. The versions of 1955 and 1965 were shot according to the script of the original film, the next three are more based on the novel by Tsuneo Tomita than on the script of Kurosawa.
- Sugata Sansiro, 1955 - director Shigeo Tanaka
- “Sugata Sansiro”, 1965 - director Seiichiro Utikawa (in the domestic box office, gained fame as “The genius of judo ”)
- “The era of valor and nobility” ( 任俠 柔 一代 Ninkyo: yavara itidai ) , 1966 - directed by Sadao Nakajima
- Sugata Sansiro, 1970 - directed by Kunio Watanabe
- Sugata Sansiro, 1977 - directed by Chihati Okamoto
At the Russian box office
In Russia, in 2002, the film was released on VHS and DVD by the company "Deval Video" (titled "The Legend of the Great Judo Master"). The copies of this circulation are distinguished by an extremely low-quality off-screen translation: many names are distorted, and the characters' speech is conveyed with gross errors (the protagonist, contrary to the name, is occasionally referred to as the “ karate master”, etc.).
- Judo Genius on the Internet Movie Database
- The genius of judo on the site allmovie