Knowing Oneself – Sanshiro Sugata, by Akira Kurosawa (1943)

Still from Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata

Still from Akira Kurosawa’s Sanshiro Sugata

The subject of this exceptional film is the understanding of self, through the creation of self-awareness, through education of the mind and body, and through the development of the guide of the sanctity of the awareness of worth of others. It is, then, an exploration of the skills that enhance one’s own existence and so become imbued with the awareness of what is beyond oneself. It is, further, an examination of the misuse of these skills and how they are imbued; and that the worth of one’s own life depends entirely upon the knowledge of the inexorability, and beauty, of nature and our place as one of its beings.

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