The movie's great, but the morality is wrong. The police could have arrested the bad guy for the kidnapping, and his little experiment with the woman junkie wouldn't have happened, and she'd still be alive. So they traded her life so they could kill the bad guy. Not the right message. But she's just a junkie ...
This is how 3D should be used in film. The way Kurosawa frames every depth of the shot is constantly impressive and engrossing. The story is not as strong a second time around. The format for the crime-procedural may be predicated on this but its not a perfect iteration of the style. The exposition becomes blunt and irrelevant, overwhelming the meatier social themes and character work.
Very few directors had their craft so perfected like Kurosawa’s is. This guy really knew what he was doing with a camera, and it shows from the first moments to the last. Mifune is great as always, showing more range than he seems to be given credit for.
capolavoro sena mezzi termini, dove tutto è perfetto: regia (raccordi e controcampi magnifici), fotografia (la struttura su più livelli dell'immagine è sempre sorprendente), luci, costruzione, gestione dei tempi. Un poliziesco costruito come un ingranaggio impeccabile e con un nichilismo di fondo che colpisce ancora oggi (grazie anche a un finale brusco e disperato). Standing ovation