Shockingly tight framing, really interesting use of a wide field of view — unlike almost anything else I’ve seen, in that regard. A very compelling procedural and social commentary that clearly lays groundwork for everything from All The President’s Men and Zodiac to Parasite. 

The third act didn’t work for me as well as the first two. I don’t find the villain particularly menacing, and I wish there was more tension in the pursuit of him. (I feel similarly about a lot of films from the 40s through the early 1970s, though, so I don’t think this is a failing or Kurosawa. More likely a technical limitation of the time.)

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