Akira Kurosawa’s first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism. Toshiro Mifune is a small-time gangster told by an idealistic slum doctor (Takashi Shimura) that he’s dying of tuberculosis. Kurosawa develops the moral struggle between the two men—the doctor arguing for treatment and rehabilitation, the gangster determined to continue his life of petty despotism. In Japanese with subtitles.