Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel) (1949)

Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel)

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A dedicated army surgeon finds his once-bright future suddenly obscured when he contracts syphilis while performing a life-saving operation in this early collaboration between director Akira Kurosawa and Toshirô Mifune. Contaminated with a disease that was virtually incurable in 1940s Japan, Fujisaki returns home from the war to work presided over by his obstetrician father (Takashi Shimura). As Fujisaki furtively agonizes over the havoc that the disease will wreck on his upcoming marriage, his … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Sep 19, 2006
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Cast


as Kyoji Fujisaki

as Konosuie Fujisaki

as Rui Minegishi nurse

as Susuma Nakada

as Takiko Nakada

as Misao Matsumoto
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Critic Reviews for Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | September 16, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Despite moments of melodrama ... contains a great deal to savor

Full Review… | February 6, 2007
Old School Reviews

Yes, it's a hospital, disease-of-the-week melodrama, but it contains many touches of Kurosawa's brilliance.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel)

½

another kuro-san classic. the subject matter is engaging and the love story draws in an appropriate amount of sentiment.

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danny d

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½

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Quiet Duel," Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki(Toshiro Mifune) works at his father's(Takashi Shimura) clinic after World War II. He has been engaged to Misao(Miki Sanjo) for six years but has still not set a date due to a very good reason. During the war, Kyoji was working at a field hospital when he contracted syphilis from a patient(Kenjiro Uemura) during surgery and has kept it a secret from everbody until now. However, that changes when Minegishi(Noriko Sengoku), a probationary nurse that he took in after he prevented her suicide attempt, walks in on him as he is injecting himself.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Quiet Duel" is a strong if melodramatic movie about a country pulling itself together from the ruins of war. Like most of his contemporaries, Akira Kurosawa's sympathies are clearly with the downtrodden and does not judge them for their actions. In turn, he asks that we all care for each other, much the way Kyoji has selflessly done.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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This is one of those stories that only makes sense in Japan, and even then only in a certain era. A doctor contracts syphilis when he cuts his finger during an operation but is too ashamed to admit it to anyone, including his fiance who he dumps to save her the pain of waiting for him to be cured. The level of quiet self-sacrifice and honorable silence makes this film probably the only Kurosawa film dealing with issues that only make sense to a Japanese audience. I also suspect the subtitles let me down since they refer often to terms in a way that makes me suspect they have a different nuance in Japanese than English. The only really interesting character is the nurse, who starts off as kind of a selfish bitch, but ends up really caring about the doctor and working hard to become a nurse full time. This makes it one of the few movies I've seen where Toshiro Mifune is upstaged by another performance. In his previous work for Kurosawa he played a secondary character so well that he became the main focus of the film.

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