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The Quiet Duel [Import]

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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô, Kenjirô Uemura, Chieko Nakakita
  • Directors: Akira Kurosawa
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Kazuo Kikuta, Senkichi Taniguchi
  • Producers: Hisao Ichikawa, Sôjirô Motoki
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • Release Date: Sept. 19 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
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Based on a play by Kazuo Kikuta this early Akira Kurosawa film concerns an army surgeon (Mifune) who during a life-saving operation contaminates himself with syphilis which at the time was virtually incurable. Now suffering with the dreaded disease he needs to find the faith to return to his work helping save people's lives including the man from whom he contracted the disease. Starring Toshiro Mifune in his second of many film collaborations with Akira Kurosawa.System Requirements:Running Time: 95 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: MISCELLANEOUS/OTHER Rating: NR UPC: 787364718795

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BCI Does It Again Jan. 3 2007
By Robert H. Knox - Published on
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BCI are quickly becoming one of the best sources for offbeat Japanese films. THE QUIET DUEL was the only film directed by Akira Kurosawa with music by Akira Ifukube (Godzilla). Until this DVD release, it was also the only Kurosawa title that I did not have in some form, and I'm pleased to report that, while not in the league of IKIRU or SEVEN SAMURAI, THE QUIET DUEL is still well worth seeing, and a must for all devotees of the great Toshiro Mifune. He is fine in this early role as a medical doctor who makes a tragic error. Also on hand is Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who was so memorable in IKIRU. Altough this film is far from the director's best, even lesser Kurosawa is eminently recommendable, and the many fans of Maestro Ifukube will certainly want to check this out. The picture quality is fine, no problems with the disc, packaging is outstanding and the price is about half of what Criterion would ask...Thank you, BCI!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very exciting beginning leads to... Sept. 26 2009
By Eiga Kantoku - Published on
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...nothing in particular. Or rather, one emotion played out over and over ad boredom. That first scene is definitely worth the $2 or so that this DVD costs, at least if you're a fan of Kurosawa and Mifune. It's full of excitement and intrigue and everything that the whole rest of the movie doesn't seem to value.

The other reason for buying this is that, towards the end, there's a(n unearned but) prototype monologue for Mifune that would be perfected in Seven Samurai, full of inner conflict and yelling. The moral of the movie (spoiler alert?) is that you should deprive yourself of what you want and help people that won't appreciate you. The End.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Early Kurosawa as Film School Jan. 18 2007
By Samurai Girl - Published on
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The Quiet Duel has many of the Kurosawan hallmarks: conflicted characters, a character that learns and changes and grows (in this case, it is the female nurse who grows most dramatically)and our favorites: Takeshi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune!

Flawed, sure. And, my respects to the composer, but the "mutual multiplier effect" (Kurosawa's term for it) of the extra-diagetic with the, unfortunately, maybe not working at top form, here. In fact, there is one strangley intrusive music box that nearly spoils the scene of confrontation and confession between Shimura and Mifune. I cannot fault the composer, who confessed that he did not get along as well with Kurosawa as some others. I do not doubt the man's integrity or sesitivity. I do think film is a collaborative process.

Still, one learns so much from an early film. I see the kernal of an idea for Red Beard in much of this film. And, despite any criticism, Red Beard is a profoundly moving piece of cinema. It is instructive to view The Quiet Duel, then Red Beard to see the master's growth. If you are a Kurofan, this DVD will be a welcome addition to your knowledge and collection of the master's work!
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ther Quiet Duel April 18 2009
By David Bennett - Published on
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This was one of the dullest kirosawa movies EVER. Even with Mifune
it was poor !! It made no sense at All.!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Mifune Shines In The Quiet Duel March 3 2009
By MS - Published on
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"The Quiet Duel" has sometimes been called one of Kurosawa's less effective films, and yet most directors would have been proud to claim it. The acting and staging are superbly believable throughout, all the way from a wartime field hospital which lacks almost all supplies, to moments of both hope and anguish in a peacetime health clinic. I have only one--well, two--questions about the plot. Mifune's young doctor has caught syphilis when his glove breaks during an operation. He doesn't know his patient is infected, and rather than allow him to die, he continues the operation bare-handed. Even when the doctor tests positive for syphilis, it's understandable that a field hospital would have few or no supplies to treat it. The point is made that the doctor has to go for two years without treatment, because it's wartime. However, the rest of the movie takes place in peacetime, in a major city, when Japan was under American occupation. By this time powerful antibiotics had been developed in the West which were capable of treating syphilis. Would a doctor really have been unaware of these advances in medicine, and would the antibiotics really be unavailable to him?

The second point is just a fan's frustration with the young doctor's refusal to tell his poor fiance why he couldn't marry her. There are several scenes in which she begs him to give his reason.Although an honest explanation would have made her sad, she seemed to suffer much more from his non-response. "Just tell the poor girl and get it over with!"

The acting is excellent throughout, but there's one scene in which Mifune blazes with brilliance. The tortured young doctor breaks down and fully reveals, for just a few minutes, how much the disease has cost him. Heart-breaking and stunning.