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January 16, 2010

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An invaluable post. I was much taken by the simplicity of the narration; by the seemingly allegorical conflict between jiu-jitsu and judo not only as methods or activities but as themselves entities ("I was defeated by judo"); and by the extent to which the Japanese martial arts can be seen as having a religious dimension, with the Dojo serving the function of the monastery.

>>can be seen as having a religious dimension, with the Dojo serving the function of the monastery.

yes, and notice that it is the priest who ultimately convinces Sugata of the necessity to overcome his image of the "pure" girl praying for her father to win. When he bops Sugata on the head (and he rubs that head for the remainder of the film!), he is shaken out of his complacency and becomes a real man.

Sitting thru II must have been ... interesting...

I'm mad they didn't make a better program for this national holiday...

And you know they're only showing 29 of the 30? I'll still blog on the one they left out, #30 -- Madadayo (Not Yet) [1993]...

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