The Constancy of Themes – Sanshiro Sugata, Part II, by Akira Kurosawa (1945)

The concluding combat in the snows. Still from Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sagata Part Two.

The concluding combat in the snows. Still from Akira Kurosawa’s Sanshiro Sagata Part Two.

The film, Kurosawa’s third, is the sequel to Sanshiro Sugata of 1943, his first. The narrative is mostly interesting for the appearance of themes and methodologies that Kurosawa explored in many of his other films. The ones that stand out include (1) the detrimental effect of military infiltration and occupation; (2) the decline of traditional cultural expression in the context of corrupting external influences; (3) the relationship of the individual to society; (4) the influence of the natural world, in particular its weather, and especially rain and snow; (5) the choreography of combat; (6) the madness that underlies behaviour; (7) the effect of chance in the conduct and actuality of life; (8) the inescapable presence of evil; and, (9) the discontinuity of the search to know oneself.

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