Family squabbles are typically painful, yet this one is particularly so in light of the fact that the family is for the most part unappealing and the old man is a grouchy bore. As played by Toshiro Mifune, with his back bowed and a mean glare all over, he is essentially a stubborn disturbance whose idea for confronting a hazard is to escape.
I feel beyond any doubt that Mr. Kurosawa could have concocted a more productive thought on how individuals ought to utilize their energies to pacifistic reason than the negative one he gives us here. Quarreling and going frantic recommend nothing with the exception of pessimism and depression. What’s more, they are certainly not extremely stimulating.