The Quiet Duel (1949)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

Original title:  Shizukanaru Ketto

Japan, 1949,, .  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

Akira Kurosawa’s admiration for the medical profession is once again at the centre of a rich, moving dramas. is excellent as a doctor who runs his medical clinic with his father (), all the while putting off his marriage to his intended fiancee without giving either of them a good reason. The actual cause is an operation he performed during the war, during which he cut himself with a scalpel and was infected with his patient’s syphilis. He has to deal not only with the physical trauma of medication for his illness but also the shame, being, as he puts it, a man who is defiled without ever having indulged in any physical pleasures. The story is not overwhelming, but its effect is strong thanks to the wonderful, subtle nuances of the characters and the marvelous emotion behind all of it.

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