i change my lists. a lot. sorry.
A closed universe, perfect in its simplicity. K. Kurosawa achieved here in 60 minutes more than many "big shot" directors could in theirs 150/180 minutes films. It reminded me a lot of De Palma - though I usually don't support the comparisons between these two geniuses - in the way it uses narrative as a deceiving device and on how manipulative can the director be.
Representations upon representations. A film so involved with the idea of acting and playing parts on a daily basis and in everything you do in life, be it professionally, in love, society occasions, politics or private life. The most sincere performance may very well be on the stage.