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Drunken Angel (1948) More at IMDbPro »Yoidore tenshi (original title)

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Keinosuke Uekusa (written by)
Akira Kurosawa (written by)
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Release Date:
30 December 1959 (USA) See more »
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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Drunken Angel d: Akira Kurosawa
 (From Alt Film Guide. 13 November 2010, 12:00 AM, PST)

'Aviator' trio eye 'Angel' for Warners
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An underrated but surprisingly amazing film See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Takashi Shimura ... Sanada

Toshirô Mifune ... Matsunaga
Reizaburô 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)

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:
"Yoidore tenshi" - Japan (original title)
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98 min | Japan:150 min (director's cut) | USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

"Drunken Angel" is the first collaboration for Akira Kurosawa with both longtime actor Toshirô Mifune and longtime composer Fumio Hayasaka.See more »
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 »
Dr. Sanada:He tormented you, made you sick, and then deserted you like a puppy. And you still wag your tail and follow him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Mädchen, brav und treuSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An underrated but surprisingly amazing film, 21 April 2009
Author: Jag85 from London, United Kingdom

This movie was a big surprise for me. I watched this movie yesterday expecting it to be one of Akira Kurosawa's weaker films, but it ended up being my second-favourite Kurosawa film after Seven Samurai. All the other Kurosawa films I've seen were set in feudal Japan, so it was quite refreshing to see one set in post-war Japan for a change. While Kurosawa's other movies had a major impact on the samurai genre, Drunken Angel was arguably the earliest example of a Yakuza film.

Unlike the other Kurosawa movies I've seen, I found Drunken Angel gripping from the moment it began. Despite the film being shorter than the other Kurosawa films I've seen as well, the character development was very impressive and the ending was powerful. Being Toshiro Mifune's first major role, he obviously looks younger and hasn't yet developed his unique acting mannerisms. That's a good thing though, as it makes him seem like a completely different person in this movie. His portrayal of the Yakuza thug Matsunaga was impressive and very moving. The star of the movie though is Takashi Shimura (another veteran actor of Kurosawa movies), who plays the forward-thinking Dr. Sanada. His sarcastic dialogues in particular were excellent, without feeling clichéd at all.

I think it's a real shame this movie isn't so famous like Kurosawa's other movies, but I found this film incredibly moving and it is now my second-favourite Kurosawa film of all time after Seven Samurai.


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