DIRECTOR: AKIRA KUROSAWA
CAST: TAKASHI SHIMURA, TOSHIRO MIFUNE, REIZABURô YAMAMOTO
One of the greatest actor-director collaborations in all of cinema began with this film, Kurosawa’s eighth feature and his first to star Toshiro Mifune, the fierce, fiery actor—startlingly handsome, here—who would anchor many of the director’s finest works. Mifune plays a tubercular Yakuza who strikes up an unlikely (and often volatile) sort of kinship with Takashi Shimura’s alcoholic slum doctor. Raw and humane, and perhaps the first of Kurosawa’s fully mature works.