MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,829 this week

Nora inu (1949)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  31 August 1963 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 9,260 users  
Reviews: 60 user | 53 critic

During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 23 Mar 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Nora inu" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Nora inu (1949)

Nora inu (1949) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Nora inu.
4 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada
Sanjuro (1962)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi
Madadayo (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Following World War II, a retired professor, approaching his autumn years, finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Tatsuo Matsumura, Kyôko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa
Kagemusha (1980)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Sachiko Murase, Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov
Ikiru (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori
Yojimbo (1961)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai
Dreams (1990)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda
Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi
Rashomon (1950)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori
Uma (1941)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold... See full summary »

Directors: Kajirô Yamamoto, Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Kamatari Fujiwara, Chieko Takehisa
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 August 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stray Dog  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Swedish title of this film is "Revolvern" ("The Revolver"), even though the central plot device of the story is a semi-automatic pistol. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sato: A stray dog becomes a mad dog.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mad Detective (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Waves of the Danube
Composed by Iosif Ivanovici
This is played by a harmonica player outside the bar where Murakami follows Ogin.
(The melody is also known as "The Anniversary Song", the title Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin gave to their adaptation of it.)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
one of Kurosawa's very best screenplays; a deft mystery/docu-drama
9 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Akira Kurosawa, along with his co-writer Ryuzo Kikushima, has here something very intriguing- a screenplay that really draws the viewer in, like opening up a tight, to-the-bone detective story by the likes of Dashiell Hammett (an influence on at least one Kurosawa film, by the way). His basic premise is deceptively simple- a nervous but completely professional and slightly worn-down cop, played by a young & trim Toshiro Mifune, gets his gun pick-pocketed on the subway, and he spends at least half of the film on his own looking for it. When a pickpocket specialist, played by one of the very best Japanese character actors Takashi Shimura, comes into being his partner on the case, then things, then the plot starts to thicken further. But as someone who's read (and tried to write) a few screenplays, I just know watching this how much detail probably went into it, the nuances of things that Mifune had to do. It's quite a delicate, awesome feat, considering the layers of the film's content.

Obviously, Kurosawa as the director calls the shots in terms of the visuals, his true forte, though this is him still in a young director mode, very confident in his style, though only giving minor fluoride's of style (sometimes quite well). This works to his advantage when using the motif of hot, heat, the wretched weight of a summer's day in the more crowded, poorer areas of Tokyo. But Stray Dog is more than just a kind of common detective film. That the story is sturdy and good enough to be akin very much to the American films of the time is almost besides the point. Like De Sica, to a degree, Kurosawa uses the post-war streets and real locations (it's not all just Toho this time), and it adds that layer of heightened realism for our main characters on the prowl; in fact one could look at this film as being like the Bicycle Thief (looking for a lost item in the dark places of the city) had it been written with a fair amount less sentiment and more grit.

When the suspense comes forth, it's really a knockout, especially when it comes time for he final confrontation with the thief, where it becomes such a struggle that the two are like, well, dogs, very primal as it boils down to the law versus the criminal. There's a certain sense of time and structure that sets apart Stray Dog from the numerous 'film-noirs' of American cinema of the period- while it contains the kind of determined edge and wit of those films, it also relies on portraying the people in this world as honestly as possible, however downtrodden things are (like Kurosawa's later film High & Low, location adds to the mood greatly). But even through Mifune's cautious and un-bending kind of performance, and Shimura's typical intelligent, laid-back way, it's the script that pulls everything together; that long, fascinating sequence of Mifine trudging through the streets looking for his gun was not very likely improvised. Very well done.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How does vote packing happen? ccheski
The type of gun?! BitJam
Magnolia profnoxin
Criterion DVD? Chodewick
One of the first detective-mentor films? jizzy82
the heat brucedgo
Discuss Nora inu (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?