Tangental: Barbarossa is just the Italian word for "red beard".

Even when playing a doctor with an incredibly progressive view of medicine and humanity, Toshiro Mifune in an Akira Kurosawa film is obligated to kick some butts. He kicks a number of them in Red Beard -- their final collaboration -- and it barely even seems out of place. Working from Shugoro Yamamoto's short story collection Akahige shinryōtan (and a subplot imported from Fyodor Dostoevsky's Humiliated and Insulted) Red Beard explores themes of social justice that wouldn't be out of place in a Victor Hugo novel either. Which means it's been centuries and we still need to hear this message. Go humans!

Oft imitated, but seemingly never copied.

Lots of Rashomon-type stories exist, but every single one of them that I can think of ends up presenting one version as the definitive truth of the tale. Well, every version except Akira Kurosawa's 1950 original. One of the principle points of Rashomon's framing device is that there is no way to truly know the truth. Or maybe it's not? Will we ever know?

The great Donovan Hill joins us as to offer another voice to the mix of what may be real on this week's Lost in Criterion.