The Quiet Duel

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The Quiet Duel
Shizukanaru ketto poster.jpg
Directed by Akira Kurosawa[1]
Produced by Sōjirō Motoki
Hisao Ichikawa
Written by Senkichi Taniguchi
Akira Kurosawa
Based on a play The Abortion Doctor by Kazuo Kikuta
Starring Toshiro Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography Soichi Aisaka
Distributed by Daiei Film
Release date
March 13, 1949 (Japan)
1983 (USA)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Quiet Duel (静かなる決闘 Shizukanaru Kettō?) is a 1949 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was the second of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune.


Toshiro Mifune plays Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki a young idealistic doctor who works at his father's (Takashi Shimura) clinic in a small and seedy district. During the war, he contracts syphilis from the blood of a patient (Kenjiro Uemura) when he cuts himself during an operation.

Contaminated with a disease that was virtually incurable in 1940s Japan, Fujisaki returns home from the war to the clinic presided over by his obstetrician father. Treating himself in secret and tormented by his conscience, he rejects his heartbroken fiancée Misao, (Miki Sanjō) without explanation. He had been engaged to Misao for six years but has still not set a date due to his disease.

Minegishi (Noriko Sengoku), a probationary nurse that he took in after he prevented her suicide attempt, learns of his illness and sacrifice. She dedicates herself to becoming a fully qualified nurse. Misao becomes engaged to another man. She makes one last plea to Fujisaki but he stands firm in rejecting her. The end of the film shows him continuing his work as a surgeon.



The film was mostly shot on a soundstage

Home video[edit]

The Quiet Duel was released on DVD in the US by BCI Eclipse, as the first title in their "Director's Series". It was never released in UK cinemas but was released on DVD in 2006 under the title of "The Silent Duel".


  1. ^ Infobox data from 静かなる決闘 (in Japanese). JMDB. Retrieved 2013-02-27.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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