243) Sanshiro Sugata (1943) Dir: Akira Kurosawa Date Released: April 1974 Date Seen: July 25, 2010 Rating: 3.75/5
The opening action scene of this film, which I've come to regard very highly just because Johnny To used it as the biggest influence on Throw Down, is stirring. Two groups of men standing together in two opposing groups, their collective body language saying more about them than most dialogue could. The rest of the movie I was just fascinated with how holier-than-thou our titular hero was. Seriously, he's a DIIIIICK. You don't want to hang out with this guy because he will threaten you, get drunk with you and then fight your grandpa, probably in that order. I didn't buy his redemption arc but I did enjoy the film as an action flick.