Fascinating film about a powerful patriarch whose fear of a nuclear holocaust drives a wedge between him and his family. The emotional interplay is fantastic, as the movie becomes a war in pushing back against a love you don't understand, that threatens your security, and can't be reasoned with. Their only solution is to strip his power from him, which only further feeds into his fear. Eventually, all is lost.
I also like the outer trappings, how one tough decision made by proxy can leave so much pain and destruction in its wake. Mifune is at his best in the central role, and the scene of his character holding his grandson in the thunderstorm is one of the most haunting I may ever see. And, as a father, a feeling I completely relate to.