The Quiet Duel

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The Quiet Duel
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Directed by Akira Kurosawa [1]
Screenplay by Senkichi Taniguchi
Akira Kurosawa
Based onThe Abortion Doctor
by Kazuo Kikuta
Produced by Sōjirō Motoki
Hisao Ichikawa
Starring Toshiro Mifune
Takashi Shimura
CinematographySoichi Aisaka
Music by Akira Ifukube
Film Art Association
Distributed by Daiei Film
Release date
  • March 13, 1949 (1949-03-13)(Japan)
Running time
95 minutes

The Quiet Duel (静かなる決闘, Shizukanaru Kettō) is a 1949 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. [2] [3]



The film centers on Dr. Kyoji Fujisaki, a young, idealistic doctor who, during his service as an army physician during World War II, contracted syphilis from the blood of a patient when he accidentally cut 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, Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki. He comes into contact with the patient who contaminated him, in the process seeing the consequences of ignoring the disease. Treating himself in secret with Salvarsan and tormented by his sense of injustice for not being able to help the man, he rejects Misao, his fiancé of six years, 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. [4]



Production was interrupted due to a lengthy strike at the Toho movie studio, and Kurosawa would ultimately finish the movie at rival studio Daiei. At that time Daiei also owned a baseball team, the Daiei Stars, whose players visited the movie set during filming. [5]

Home video

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

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