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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 ...
Okada
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Chieko Nakakita ...
Miyo
Noriko Sengoku ...
Gin
Shizuko Kasagi ...
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Takahama
Masao Shimizu ...
Oyabun
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Bâya
Ko Ubukata ...
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Akira Tani ...
Yakuza Follower
Sachio Sakai ...
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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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From Akira Kurosawa, creator of "Rashomon" an allegory of the postwar man.


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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

The set used was the same one as These Foolish Times (1947). See more »

Goofs

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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Dr. Sanada: Martyrdom is out of style.
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Featured in Kurosawa and the Censors (2007) See more »

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The Cuckoo Waltz
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Written by J.E. Jonasson
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Odd but fascinating film
19 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a strange film about a very committed but screwed up doctor in post-war Japan. The doctor lives in the slums of Tokyo and is amazed at the filth and widespread incidence of preventable diseases among the poor. While this is an important cause to him, so is getting drunk and screwing up his life. However, the doctor meets a young hoodlum, played by Toshiro Mifune, and he treats him even when the guy insists everything is just fine! And, at times afterwards, Mifune alternates from being thankful and decent to being belligerent and completely antisocial. Throughout the film, the doctor works hard to keep this unlikable character alive--despite it seeming pretty obvious that Mifune has a death wish. A fascinating and odd story about the relationship between two very oddly matched men.


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