- Director: Akira Kurosawa
- Writer: Maxim Gorky; Akira Kurosawa
- Producer: Akira Kurosawa; Sôjirô Motoki
Based on Gorky........without any injection of imagination.
The snobbery of the film world will declare this tedium to be a masterpiece - it is not, far from it.
The play is mediocre and this is filmed as if it were on stage - neglecting the power of the visual and relying, squarely, on the monotonal, lengthy dialogue.