Akira Kurosawa has any number of dramatic and cinematic cliches (both American and Japanese) to overcome—and does so brilliantly—in this action-packed, highly comic 1961 translation of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest to the samurai movie tradition. Toshiro Mifune is again incomparable as the masterless samurai who wanders into a small war between two rival gangs and proceeds to set things right by further stirring them up. In Japanese with subtitles.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Ryuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa and Tomoyuki Tanaka
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Eijiro Tono, Seizaburô Kawazu, Isuzu Yamada, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Kyu Sazanka, Daisuke Kato and Tatsuya Nakadai