Throw ’em the curveball.
Acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, known for epic, battle-filled tales of samurai, chose a new path with this much-more intimate story of two cops walking a lonely beat.
The younger of the pair, played by Toshiro Mifune, loses his gun to a pickpocket, setting up a race against time to retrieve the weapon before it’s used in a series of crimes.
A gritty homage to the kind of film noir American directors had popularized, this sizzles and pops as our heroes swelter in a heat wave.
Proof old dogs, or revered directors, can learn new tricks.