Part of Shakespeare/Kurosawa x3 and Weekend Classics.
Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune as a young executive who hunts down his father’s killer, Kurosawa combines elements of “Hamlet” and American film noir to chilling effect in exposing the corrupt boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan. Screening in 35mm.
“...An aggressive and chilling drama of modern-day Japan, exposing a fringe of ‘big business’ in the forthright manner of an American gangster film…. It is to Kurosawa's credit that he has staged what amounts to cliches in this type of strongarm fiction in a way that makes them seem fresh and as fully of sardonic humor as though we had never seen their likes before.” —Bosley Crowther, New York Times (1963)