Editing-wise this film is a big mess. The original version seems to have been more then 90 minutes longer. The studio cut very arbitrary and there are screen wipes left and right all over, so you can only guess what the original version must have been like. Some surprisingly uninspired mise-en-scenes. Kurosawa didn't have the choreography of his later films and the people spend a lot of time staring at each other. I felt strangely disconnected to the main character.
Only film of Kurosawa that I didn't like - strange.