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Drunken Angel (1948)

Yoidore tenshi (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 30 December 1959 (USA)
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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Chôko Iida ...
Bâya
Ko Ubukata ...
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Akira Tani ...
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Sachio Sakai ...
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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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The main character was inspired by a real life alcoholic doctor working unlicensed in the Tokyo black market district that Akira Kurosawa and writing partner and childhood friend Keinosuke Uekusa came across. See more »

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Even though the story takes place during the hot summer, breath can be seen coming from characters in several scenes. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sanada: Fall in love for someone like me, I may be scruffy but you get free medical care.
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Featured in Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) See more »

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Janguru bugi
Music by Ryôichi Hattori
Lyrics by Akira Kurosawa
Performed by Shizuko Kasagi
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Another classic from arguably the greatest filmmaker of all time.
3 November 1998 | by (Jackson, Ms) – See all my reviews

Drunken Angel is another classic from arguably the greatest filmmaker of all-time. The story revolves around a petty gangster (Toshiro Mifune), who contracts TB and the Doctor (Takashi Shimura) who attempts to treat him despite the gangster's foolish pride. Mifune and Shimura, Kurosawa regulars, are brilliant in their respective roles. Kurosawa takes on film noir as well as any auteurs of his time. This is a must see for Kurosawa fans.


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