Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura
Japan 1950 | Black & white | 87 mins | Action | Drama
Avaliable on: DCP, DVD
A nobleman and his wife, travelling through a wood, are set upon by a bandit who kills the man and rapes the woman – or at least, so it seems. But the story becomes less clear-cut as we’re shown the incident from four angles – one version from each of the participants (the murdered man through the voice of a medium), plus the account of a woodcutter who witnessed the events. Who can be believed – if anyone? The film’s dominated by Toshiro Mifune as the bandit, giving a performance of such boundless, gleefully savage energy that he makes every other action star of the silver screen seem flatfooted by comparison.
– Philip Kemp
This new digital restoration to mark the centenary of Akira Kurosawa will be released on 18 June.
A further 12 Kurosawa titles will also be available for booking on 35mm only: