The Quiet Duel
|The Quiet Duel|
|Directed by||Akira Kurosawa|
|Produced by||Sōjirō Motoki
|Written by||Senkichi Taniguchi
|Based on||a play The Abortion Doctor by Kazuo Kikuta|
|Music by||Akira Ifukube|
|Distributed by||Daiei Film|
|March 13, 1949 (Japan)
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.
- Toshiro Mifune as Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki
- Miki Sanjō as Misao Matsumoto
- Takashi Shimura as Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki
- Kenjiro Uemura as Susumu Nakada
- Isamu Yamaguchi as Patrolman Nosaka
- Noriko Sengoku as Apprentice Nurse Rui Minegishi
- Chieko Nakakita as Takiko Nakada
- Kenichi Miyajima as the Dealer
- Masateru Sasaki as the Old Soldier
- Seiji Izumi as the Policeman
- Tadashi Date as the father of the boy with appendicitis
- Shigeyuki Miyajima as the Officer
The film was mostly shot on a soundstage
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".
- The Quiet Duel at the Internet Movie Database
- 1983 Review of film at New York Times
- The Quiet Duel at Akira Kurosawa Info
- Review of film at Hackwriters
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