This is another great movie from Akira Kurosawa. This is not one of Kurosawa's many samurai movies but a movie about the harsh life in a 19th century medical clinic near the end of the Edo period.
The movie chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and the compassionate clinic director, Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa. Of the 8 or 9 Kurosawa films I have seen I place this one at the top along with the Seven Samurai. What I really liked about the film was how well it showed the life and feel of 19th century Japan.