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Stray Dog (1949)

Nora inu (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 August 1963 (USA)
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

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Keiko Awaji ...
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Noriko Sengoku ...
Noriko Honma ...
Wooden Tub Shop woman
Reikichi Kawamura
Yasushi Nagata ...
(as Kiyoshi Nagata)
Kappei Matsumoto
Isao Kimura ...
Yusa
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Girlie Show director
Teruko Kishi
Ichirô Sugai ...
Yayoi Hotel owner
Gen Shimizu ...
Police Inspector Nakajima
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Supposedly, this story was based on a real detective who wrote a novel about his own gun theft. The novel was never published, but Kurosawa liked the idea so much he worked with it. See more »

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Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1
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Akira Kurosawa's film noir entry is a terrific, seedy blast!
28 November 1998 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

In ravished, Post-War Tokyo, rookie Detective Murakami's (Young Toshiro Mifune) gun is stolen. Being the crippling times, guns are tough to come by. Soon, victims are found, slain with bullets from Mifune's gun. The man-hunt is on, while Tokyo goes through a devastating heatwave, and Mifune goes through an equally devastating change ("A Stray Dog sees only what it chases" a detective warns him.) Made well before Akira Kurosawa became famous for "Rashomon", "Stray Dog" is a roaring classic! Every character's movement reflects either the horrid heatwave, or the living conditions. It is ironic that a downpour (Kurosawa's favorite on-screen weather condition) breaks the heat just as the tensions in the film mount. How "Bicycle Thief" reflected the times of post war Italy, this classic does the same for post war Japan.


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