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Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

Directed by Yuriko Gamo Romer

Documentaries / 2012 / 66 mins / English, Japanese with English subtitles


In memory of the late Judo master Keiko Fukuda, you are invited to join us in a special tribute screening of Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful. Revisit the inspiring tale of testing the limits and Judo craftsmanship.

Standing less than five feet tall and weighing less than 100 pounds, Keiko Fukuda is one of only four Judo practitioners in the world (and the only woman) to currently hold 10th Dan, Judo’s highest degree black belt; she is also 98 years old. The inspiring Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful chronicles Keiko Fukuda’s seven-decades long Judo career, as well as her deep dedication to the practice, the sacrifices she made along the way, and her struggle with the Kudokan’s long history of sexism.

The inspiring story of this remarkable woman and Judo master is eloquently brought to life by director Yuriko Gamo Romer, who uses rare archival footage, intimate interviews, and plenty of on-the-mat action to tell the tale. At a time when women went from childhood home to wife and homemaker, Fukuda made an unpopular choice and took a different path, saying “This [Judo] was my marriage…this is when my life destiny was set.” Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful beautifully showcases the life of Keiko Fukuda, presenting her as not only a pioneer for women, but an inspiration to us all.

This is a free community screening and an encore event from the 2012 screening at SFIAAFF30.

The memorial service is scheduled for Friday March 22, 11:00 am at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. 401 Van Ness Ave,  San Francisco, CA 94102. Contact:  (415) 392-4400

Dates & Times

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 21, 2013 4:30 pm Free