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

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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)

User Reviews:
Great movie ... where's the DVD? See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (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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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 performance of Toshiro Mifune as the violent young gangster, Matsunaga (his fourth overall and first in a Kurosawa movie), was so powerful and memorable that, according to director Akira Kurosawa, many people in Japan (and presumably elsewhere) falsely assume that the title, "Drunken Angel," was intended to refer to Matsunaga. But Kurosawa had actually intended the title character to be the alcoholic doctor, Sanada (played by Takashi Shimura), who treats Matsunaga, because, for the filmmaker, he is an "angel" for attempting to save the gangster from his illness and violent lifestyle, despite his own weakness for alcohol.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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Kosame no utaSee more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great movie ... where's the DVD?, 20 September 2006
Author: Irradiata from Toronto, Ontario

I loved this movie for many reasons:

The film history : it's the first collaboration between Akira Kurosawa (director) and Toshiro Mifune (actor) that continued through 15 more films including the sublime Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo.

The style : it's a great film noir with gangsters, zoot suits, speakeasy's, gambling etc.,

The history : post WW II Japan is a frightening place with rubble, raw sewage, crime and hope. It's a world I hadn't seen before.

Toshiro Mifune : What an amazing actor. He oozes charisma and you cannot take your eyes off of him. His performance reminded me of the first time I saw Russell Crowe, in a little seen mediocre movie called "For the Moment" which I watched many times because of Crowe's intensity.

My only problem is the copy I saw was terrible. The print was faded and half of the subtitles were illegible. When will this be released on DVD? It's not Kurosawa's best film, but it's certainly better than most of the drivel out there.

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