1945 **** 82 mins.
Only Akira Kurosawa could make a sequel that's not only as good as the first but even surpasses the original in some ways. Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two is faster and much more exciting than the first film. It also deals more heavily in cultural and political tensions, bringing American boxing into the mix. Susumu Fujita is still amazing as the titular character. This film is definitely a must for any Kurosawa fan.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
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