Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1948).
One of the key films dealing with the fate of postwar Japanese society, this blistering account of the relationship between a tubercular young gangster and an alcoholic doctor, set in a slum, is the best of the director’s early films. “In this picture,” said Kurosawa, “I finally discovered myself.” It was also, with the performance of Toshiro Mifune as the gangster, the revelation of a great actor.
Sat., Jan. 23, 1:30, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50 & 9:50 p.m., 2010