Under the influence of Kurosawa's gendai-geki this stunningly shot crime drama puts into great use the great master's wipes, geometry of shots (some amazing tracking and lateral movement), and the mustering of the elements of 'kairos'. Indeed when the action moves to nature the film turns into a visual tour-de-force, while Nomura shows a keen eye for the detail. Takamine, as always, acts this with great conviction.
3.7. Hideko Takamine's name always brings a stamp of quality to any film she's involved in. She's underused in Stakeout, but it's still a well crafted film. Standout shot: The camera craning up from the street to an office window.