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Yoidore tenshi (1948)

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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

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Reizaburô Yamamoto ...
Michiyo Kogure ...
Nanae
Chieko Nakakita ...
Miyo
Noriko Sengoku ...
Gin
Shizuko Kasagi ...
Singer
Eitarô Shindô ...
Takahama
Masao Shimizu ...
Oyabun
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Shop Proprietor
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Schoolgirl
Chôko Iida ...
Bâya
Ko Ubukata ...
Punk
Akira Tani ...
Yakuza Follower
Sachio Sakai ...
Guitar Player
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Storyline

After a battle with rival criminals, a small-time gangster is treated by an alcoholic doctor in post-war Japan. The doctor diagnoses the young gangster's tuberculosis, and convinces him to begin treatment for it. The two enjoy an uneasy friendship until the gangster's former boss is released from prison and seeks to take over his gang once again. The ailing young man loses his status as gang boss and becomes ostracised, and eventually confronts his former boss in a battle to the death. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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30 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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In early drafts of the script, the story was almost entirely about Doctor Sanada (Takashi Shimura) and Matsunaga the thug (Toshirô Mifune) was a small supporting part. However, Akira Kurosawa was so impressed with Mifune's performance that he greatly increased the Matsunaga part, to the point where the Doctor and Matsunaga are almost equal in screen-time. See more »

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When Matsunaga throws the Doctor out of the "Bolero", we see him fall on his back. His shirtsleeves are rolled up, so his forearms are bare: his left arm does not make contact with the ground. The next scene is of him cleaning a wound in his left forearm, below the elbow. See more »

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Life's a Swamp
29 June 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This good, if not great early Kurosawa is still rough around the edges and not free of obvious symbolism and narrative weaknesses. It all feels somewhat forced and not quite as fluent and natural as later works.

But, needless to say, there are always pleasures to be had from a movie made by this wonderful artist: Kurosawa favourites Shimura and Mifune (in his first teaming with Kurosawa) give their usual multi-layered performances, the mise-en-scène is superb, and a sound gimmick featuring guitar-playing is brilliantly used to enhance atmosphere.

In this instance, though, one cannot fully swallow the director's "life's a swamp but use your willpower and watch out for the silver lining"-attitude. He jumbled it this time. But glorious things would follow...

7 out of 10 buckets of immaculately white paint


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