Akira Kurosawa’s urban thriller is still, in a way, a samurai film. Toshiro Mifune plays a corporate executive embroiled in a high-stakes takeover deal when kidnappers snatch his chauffeur’s son thinking that the boy is his son. Does he pay the ransom, scuttling his plans, or risk letting the boy die? Kurosawa pits the honor considerations of feudal Japan (and Mifune’s screen image) with the gray areas of noir and corporate intrigue to thrilling effect. -LG
1963 Dir. Akira Kurosawa 2.35:1 B&W 35mm 143 min. In Japanese with subtitles.
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