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  • Summary: An homage to Akira Kurosawa's debut film, the inspirational judo saga "Sanshiro Sugata," Throwdown is equal parts rousing sports film, tragedy, gangster thriller, buddy movie, love story, and urban rhapsody. (Anthology Film Archives)
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The film is as beautiful as it is unpredictable.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    60
    Throwdown milks its emotion from a soap-opera score and the appealingly decadent performances of Mr. Koo and Ms. Ying.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    50
    A disjointed story of self-discovery, courage and redemption somewhat incongruously billed as a salute to Akira Kurosawa.
  4. The comedy is somewhat doused by posture and repetition, and the characters' whimsical behavior is endearing and irritating in turn. Which still makes it the absolute best neo-samurai judo farce in town.

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