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Director:
Writers:
Keinosuke Uekusa (written by)
Akira Kurosawa (written by)
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Release Date:
30 December 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins See more »
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(2 articles)
Drunken Angel d: Akira Kurosawa
 (From Alt Film Guide. 13 November 2010, 12:00 AM, PST)

'Aviator' trio eye 'Angel' for Warners
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 10 February 2005)

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In my top ten favorites of Kurosawa; under-rated (or maybe under-seen) See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Takashi Shimura ... Sanada

Toshirô Mifune ... Matsunaga
Reisaburô Yamamoto ... Okada
Michiyo Kogure ... Nanae
Chieko Nakakita ... Miyo
Noriko Sengoku ... Gin
Shizuko Kasagi ... Singer
Eitarô Shindô ... Takahama
Masao Shimizu ... Oyabun
Taiji Tonoyama ... Shop Proprietor

Yoshiko Kuga ... Schoolgirl
Chôko Iida ... Bâya
Ko Ubukata ... Punk
Akira Tani ... Yakuza Follower
Sachio Sakai ... Guitar Player
Senkichi Ômura
Tateo Kawasaki ... Flower Shop Proprietor
Mayuri Mokushô ... Daughter at Flower Shop (as Kumiko Mokushô)
Toshiko Kawakubo ... Dancer
Haruko Toyama ... Dancer
Yukie Nanbu ... Dancer
Sumire Shiroki ... Anego
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Sugi ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Keinosuke Uekusa (written by)

Akira Kurosawa (written by)

Produced by
Sôjirô Motoki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
 
Cinematography by
Takeo Itô 
 
Film Editing by
Akikazu Kôno 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Set Decoration by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tsuneo Kobayashi .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Yoshirô Muraki .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Wataru Konuma .... sound
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Soeda .... still photographer
Kinzo Yoshizawa .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Akikazu Kôno .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Ôsuke Itô .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Sumiko Nakao .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Drunken Angel" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
98 min | Japan:150 min (director's cut) | USA:102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Sanada:The Japanese love to sacrifice themselves for stupid things.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Hitogoroshi no utaSee more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
In my top ten favorites of Kurosawa; under-rated (or maybe under-seen), 31 July 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Considering this is the first collaboration between one of the 'heavyweight' director/star combos in cinema (tops in the Japanese film world, probably their equal to America's Scorsese/De Niro), this is quite a powerhouse of drama. That's not to say it's a completely dour film- some of Akira Kurosawa's trademark ironic (and subtle) humor is laced into scenes. But more-over, Kurosawa made here an important film for its time. While the team of Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune would become even more internationally known for the thrilling Japanese mystery Stray Dog, and the masterpiece Rashomon, this film seems to get a little under-looked by Kurosawa fans (at least those that haven't quite dug into the catalog of their work). Is it their very best? Not quite, but it ranks high up there for me.

And it's not just the collaboration of the director and the star- there is also the co-star, Takashi Shimura, who has made his great mark on many of Kurosawa's films (the two I mentioned previous, plus his best role in Ikiru, and Seven Samurai as well). He plays a doctor who can't quite lay off the booze, even as he tries to help the people around him who seem to be contracting all sorts of bad diseases from the contaminated water (most notably tuberculosis). Mifune plays a member of the Yakuza crime gang, but is more of just a low level thug than a real 'somebody'. He's getting signs of TB, and goes to the 'good' doctor, who refuses help to the Yakuza, having outright contempt for them. Through the course of the film, The two actors portray these people as fragile, intense, hostile, compassionate, and with all the great emotional impact that comes in Japanese dramas.

While one might want to check this out for the context of the Yakuza part of the plot (which was one reason I wanted to check it out- not the Yakuza in today's Japanese cinema of course), the side that Kurosawa shows wonderfully in a film like Red Beard is also brought to light here. There's some action, but it gets thrown into a larger, more emotional context as Mifune's character starts to deteriorate. It becomes very theatrical in a sense, but there is also the realism that Kurosawa had on his sleeve, one that he had to express in post-war Japan (many of these post-war images are better expressed in Stray Dog, but he gives some ample time here too in a subtler, more dangerous context). So this mix comes together, and it turns into one hell of a picture. It may feel a little on the weak side compared to some of Kurosawa's magnum opuses (Seven Samurai, Ran, Yojimbo come to mind). Yet it ranks as an important point in the careers of the actors and director, and it contains enough great moments, enough in terms of the position of the camera and the often shattering music, to make it an under-rated (perhaps minor) classic. Personally, I loved it- especially the last twenty minutes.

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