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Stray Dog (1949)
"Nora inu" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  31 August 1963 (USA)
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiko Awaji ...
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Noriko Sengoku ...
Noriko Honma ...
Wooden Tub Shop woman
Reikichi Kawamura
Eijirô Tôno
Yasushi Nagata ...
(as Kiyoshi Nagata)
Kappei Matsumoto
Isao Kimura ...
Minoru Chiaki ...
Girlie Show director
Teruko Kishi
Ichirô Sugai ...
Yayoi Hotel owner
Gen Shimizu ...
Police Inspector Nakajima


Murukami, a young homicide detective, has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. Frantic and ashamed, he dashes about trying to recover the weapon without success until taken under the wing of an older and wiser detective, Sato. Together they track the culprit. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Much of the film was filmed from the slum streets of post war Japan. These were filmed under chief assistant director Ishirô Honda, who had gone with camera operator Kazuo Yamada into some dangerous, even yakuza run, territory. Many of the scenes of Toshirô Mifune's character from the waist down are actually Honda standing in. See more »


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Brilliant early noir from Kurosawa. To be recommended.
19 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Captivating American-esque noir, one of Kurosawa's first great films. What seems like a weak premise for a thriller at the start actually ends up providing a great central situation for this movie which drives it forward much better than, say, Donzoko. Music, also is great.

Toshiro Mifune, looking young and handsome, is quite marvellous as the central character, a detective whose gun is stolen on a bus. What starts out as a detective nervous about finding his gun and fixing a silly mistake, develops into a frantic and desparate man who feels somehow responsible for whatever crimes are committed with his gun. The suspense and detective-story plot are well developed in Stray Dog, but what really makes the story captivating is the revelation of the central character's feeling of guilt throughout, and his learning about crime, criminals, and that what is important is to make good come of your mistakes.

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