Kurosawa's black-and-white Samurai tales rarely fail to entertain. Mifune as a masterless Samurai walks into a town run by two competing gangster factions, and manages to weaken both sides by pitting them against each other. Sound familiar? This was later remade as A Fistful of Dollars by the great Sergio Leone (and even later as Last Man Standing), which is credited to have started the Spaghetti Western subgenre. Amazed again how well Kurosawa's camerawork offers a very accurate image of the considerable action taking place - but still Mifune's famous warrior gait is the simple component to cherish and remember.
PS: That first action sequence is sooooooo Star Wars cantina fight.