Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1958).
Kurosawa’s most elaborate sword film between The Seven Samurai and Kagemusha enjoys a semi-underground reputation inspiring the original Star Wars. As the first Japanese film to use a Cinemascope-type format, it’s also one of Kurosawa’s graphically strongest works, reveling in spectacular wasted landscapes as well as choreographed action.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 18, 2011