Saturday, January 9, 2016

Snow Trail

Snow Trail is not directed by Akira Kurosawa but his influence can be felt through the screenplay. It's a well told thriller, with as one would expect from Kurosawa, has a strong emotional bent in the journey of three bank robbers attempt to escape the law. Senkichi Taniguchi's work as director should not be undervalued as he keeps the tension and creates the snowy atmosphere of the mountains very effectively. Then you have a strong central performances by Takashi Shimura, as a conflicted robber, and Toshiro Mifune going far beyond the call of his part in one of his earlier roles. It's a hidden gem, and feels like a lost Kurosawa/Shimura/Mifune film.

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