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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 »
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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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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:
"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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
First of many collaborations between Toshirô Mifune and Akira Kurosawa.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:Fall in love for someone like me, I may be scruffy but you get free medical care.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Kurosawa and the Censors (2007) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Janguru bugiSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Good early start!, 7 January 2008
Author: stalker vogler from Xanadu

This movie is very important for a number of reasons: it marks the beginning of the prolific collaboration between Mifune and Kurosawa, it is the first film the director made without interference from the studios and it is not a "typical" Kurosawa film as many seem to think at his samurai movies.

I must say I have a thing for the master's earlier project, such as this one, Stray Dog and his masterpieces Rashomon and Ikiru, movies that I come back to from time to time. Drunken Angel is interesting because it takes some of the elements of gangster and noir, combining them with some neorealist elements into a unique Japoneese blend. As such the movie is a drama of change, since it was shot in the intense atmosphere of post-WWII Japan. We are dealing with a thug played marvelously by Mifune who is diagnosed with TB but is reluctant to face the fact he's going to die soon. At the same time we have him as a member of the Yakuza who believes in a code of honor even if he may be one of the last to believe in that code.

It's hard to understand the poignancy of this message today but when Kurosawa made the movie it was very relevant, Mifune's character is unable to understand the proximity of his own death because he is unable to stand up to it and on the other hand he clings to past ideals in which nobody but him still believes. His only friend is a "drunken angel", a doctor who is torn between his duty to fight the disease of his patient and his own problems with facing a cruel reality.

The metaphor of the swamp is also very interesting and marks a beginning of Kurosawa's use of landscape to develop a story. There is also the symbolism of water present only it's not yet as meaningful as in Rashomon

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