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.
Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play, so seeing Kurosawa’s take on the classic story was pretty cool. However, he didn’t strictly stick to the story. Some of the changes were clearly made to fit in with the ancient Japan setting. He made a fairly major change at the end though, and I kind of miss the original ending. Anyway, it looked great and the costumes were fantastic, as usual. It’s probably my least favourite Kurosawa film I’ve seen, but one of his films is still better than most others.