(Akira Kurosawa, 1962).
As steeped in psychology as sword play, this is my candidate for the best samurai film ever made. Akira Kurosawa’s oft-imitated, ultra-sardonic slash ‘em up remains a treasure trove of attitude—no action hero has ever been cooler than Toshiro Mifune’s grizzled sword-for-hire.
Sat., June 28, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 & 9:40 p.m., 2008
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 24, 2008