Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1949). Set in a post-war Japan still under American rule, this drama is a gripping character study as much as a crime drama. It stars the superb Toshio Mifune, who with Kurosawa formed one of the greatest actor-director teams in the history of cinema, as a rookie cop, obsessed with recovering the gun stolen from him that had been used in a robbery and a murder.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 11, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Tue., Jan. 12, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 6. Continues through Jan. 10, 2010