Afterthoughts 1948-49 was a very special time for cinema. It saw the birth of one of the greatest actor-director collaborations of all time, and indeed the breakout of one of cinema's finest performers.
I'm yet to see Stray Dogs, but based on Drunken Angel (1948) and this, it's clear to see why Toshirô Mifune became Japan's most celebrated actors, and one of Akira Kurosawa's go-to guys for many of his future projects (Takashi Shimura also stars in both).
While it's clear Kurosawa was very much still discovering his style, The Quiet Duel (or The Silent Duel, which does sound better) is a must-see for Kurosawa-Mifune fans, even if it's just for the pitch-perfect monologue by Mifune in one of the film's best scenes.
Clearly doesn't reach the heights of the Japanese master's all-time greats, but still wonderful work!