All-time stuff from Kurosawa. Feels like he's conducting a symphony orchestra, every piece perfectly in tune. For me, the highest point in his collaboration with Mifune and also a high mark for cinema in general.
For such a celebrated screenwriter, Taylor Sheridan sure had nothing interesting to say in his debut behind the camera. The script lacks any revelation and is by far the least surprising murder-mystery thriller in recent memory. It's basically Sicario-light, with Elisabeth Olsen's character being even less consequential to the narrative than Emily Blunt's FBI agent in that much better film. Truly one of the worst written characters of the year. At best, it's compelling, with decent atmosphere and performances. Otherwise, a paint-by-numbers, empty disappointment.