I was a bit disappointed with this film because I thought it was going to be more a character study. Instead, it’s really a detective/crime thriller. I can’t really blame the film for not being what I expected, but I just didn’t find the detective story that interesting. I guess it’s just because I’ve seen too many of these procedural-type stories already. Oh well, the direction is brilliant, of course, and the performances are good. Not my favourite Akira Kurosawa film by a long shot though.