The Quiet Duel

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The Quiet Duel
Shizukanaru ketto poster.jpg
Directed byAkira Kurosawa[1]
Produced bySōjirō Motoki
Hisao Ichikawa
Written bySenkichi Taniguchi
Akira Kurosawa
Based ona play The Abortion Doctor by Kazuo Kikuta
StarringToshiro Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Music byAkira Ifukube
CinematographySoichi Aisaka
Distributed byDaiei Film
Release date
March 13, 1949 (Japan)
1983 (USA)
Running time
95 minutes

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, during the war, contracts syphilis from the blood of a patient (Kenjiro Uemura) when he cuts himself during an operation.

Contaminated with this infectious, typically shameful and then virtually incurable disease, Fujisaki returns home from the war to the clinic presided over by his obstetrician father (Takashi Shimura). He comes into contact with the patient who contaminted him, in the process seeing the consequences of ignoring the disease. Treating himself in secret with Salvarsane and tormented by his sense of injustice, he rejects his fiancée of six years Misao, (Miki Sanjō) without explanation, as he does not wish her to have to wait for a number of years until he is cured. Heartbroken, Misao becomes engaged to another man. She makes one last plea to Fujisaki but he stands firm in rejecting her.



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 the UK 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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