Though Kurahara’s outright weirdness is mostly absent, watching Intimidation speaks to the benefits inherent to the studio system. It couldn’t exist as other than a throwaway gambit, providing a purity in its efficiency and casual but defined morality conflicts.
Beautiful cinematography, a "film noire" with the usual fictional grounders and good use of the scope. However, it's only "competent", which is the less you want when you want a movie. Most of all, for the Japanese cinema of that period.
Possibly as tight of a film as I have ever seen - as Erik Gregersen points out below, it's barely over an hour but it feels as "big" as a moving twice its length. A really well-made, stylish noir. Highly recommended.