SAN FRANCISCO — “Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful” will be screened on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. in Samsung Hall at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. in San Francisco’s Civic Center.
This poignant film by Yuriko Gamo Romer documents the life-long journey of Keiko Fukuda, who chose to defy thousands of years of tradition, determine her own path, and became judo history’s only woman to attain the pinnacle 10th degree. The last surviving student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, she passed away last February at the age of 99.
“In the Judo Moment” will begin with a screening of the movie, followed by a demonstration of Ju-no-kata, a signature form of Fukuda-Sensei. A community panel will follow with filmmaker Romer, 2012 Olympic medalist Marti Malloy, historian Amy Fujiwara Shen, Ph.D., and judo instructor Wilina Monar of Soko Joshi Dojo, a women’s dojo founded by Fukuda. They will touch on judo as a world sport, it’s transmission of Japanese culture, and Fukuda’s legacy for women in sports.
Those who come early can also view the exhibition “In The Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection.” Special evening admission is $5 from 5 to 9 p.m. and free to museum members. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For Comcast Xfinity subscribers, “Mrs. Judo” is also available this month through Video on Demand. It can be found under “Cinema Asian America.”
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