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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 »
Genre:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(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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Life's a Swamp 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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Did You Know?

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:
Revealing mistakes: 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:The Japanese love to sacrifice themselves for stupid things.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Kurosawa and the Censors (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mädchen, brav und treuSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Life's a Swamp, 29 June 2009
Author: Rindiana from Germany

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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