The first thing I have to say about this movie is that Kobayashi can truly direct in any setting, from feudal Japan to war-torn Manchuria to modern day Tokyo. A true master of cinema.
As always, the directing is 100% on point. Unbelievable lighting, angles, and cuts. The pacing is phenomenally well-done - there’s not a single slow moment in the film, in my opinion - and each character is given time to shine.
Of course, I mostly watched The Inheritance for Nakadai Tatsuya, but I have to say there wasn’t a single bad performance from anyone in the cast. On the contrary, I thought everyone did extremely good! Yamamura So, Miyaguchi Seiji, and Kishi Keiko all amazed me in each scene they were in.
All in all, I think I’m going to have to give Kobayashi another five star rating... He’s the best, I’m sorry.