Scandal ★★★

I found Scandal to be a decent but disappointing early Kurosawa effort that could have been a lot better had it balanced its cast of characters and cut some overly lengthy scenes and character interactions. Had it introduced Shimura's character earlier and made his transformation and turmoil more engaging and affective, this could have been an extremely compelling courtroom drama. It starts strong, but than quickly peters out and stumbles around until a rousing conclusion. A re-edit possibly could have strengthened it.