“Keiko Fukuda’s life story...is a very inspiring one that can provide many important lessons to students in the United States. The film lends itself well to teaching about not only the traditional art of judo...but also concepts like empowerment, immigration, the transmission of culture, equity, and ethnic community. I highly recommend this film for use in U.S. high schools and colleges.”
-Gary Mukai, Director, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Stanford University
“Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful is a tour de force—at times humorous, at times sobering, but always illuminating. This riveting film is in the vanguard of inspirational and motivational storytelling. It’s the story of a truly heroic female role model and the martial arts path Keiko Fukuda walked to achieve her true potential in Judo despite the odds and against relentless adversity.”
-E. Paul Zehr, PhD, Professor, Author, & Martial Artist, University of Victoria
“It really is a groundbreaking and inspirational story…has inspired generations of students to find strength, gentleness and beauty through (judo). In doing so, she has enriched countless lives. She is a living legend and an exemplar to the students, faculty and staff at the university.”
-Leslie E. Wong, President, San Francisco State University
Director: Yuriko Gamo Romer
Runtime: 58 min.
Production Year: 2012
Public Performance Rights Licensing: Starting at $259
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GENRES: Documentary, PBS, Sports, Fitness, Gender Studies, Asian Studies
"Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful" documents the life-long journey of Keiko Fukuda’s decision to defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become the only woman in history to attain judo’s pinnacle of 10th degree black belt.