The quiet duel

The quiet duel

Shizukanaru kettō

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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During the war, the doctor, Kyoji Fujisaki was infected by syphilis from a patient. Kyoji refrains from physical intimacy with his girlfriend. By chance Kyoji encounters his wartime syphilitic patient at the police station and urges him to receive full treatment, but he refuses.
Publisher: [Collingwood, Vic.] : Madman [distributor], [2007]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (92 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Shizukanaru kettō


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Sep 10, 2018

One of the first films made by acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa, The Quiet Duel is just that - a quiet, personal film detailing the struggles of a doctor suffering from syphilis.

I think what I liked most about The Quiet Duel was the tone throughout the film. It's opening and closing scenes are absolutely fantastic. The pressure and conditions suffered by Kyoji in the opening scene made me hold my breath more then a couple times, and I was breathless as he broke down towards the end.

It's slow, it's a little boring at times, and some of the logic was a little odd (Syphilis was curable in 1946 Japan, right), but the performances from Mifune and Shimura's are worth pushing through it's weaker mid-act.

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