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Tengoku to jigoku

Akira Kurosawa Japon, 1963

ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Entre le ciel et l'enfer

Rather than spend my time and praise this film and its script like everyone else, I'd like to point out how a seemimgly forgettable shot can sum up an entire film. The shot in question occurs during the last half-hour when we enter a bar full of tourists. It's the shot of mirrors reflecting the crowd along with prices of the drinks. In short, in one instance, Kurosawa juxtaposes people's social image with capitalism.