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

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  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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Keiko Awaji ...
Harumi Namaki, showgirl
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 ...
(as Katsuhei Matsumoto)
Isao Kimura ...
Yusa
Minoru Chiaki ...
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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Despite being noted as one of Akira Kurosawa's most critically renowned post-war films, Stray Dog (1949) was not held in such high regard by he director himself. Kurosawa has been quoted as saying that he thinks little of the film, calling it "too technical" while also remarking that it contains "all that technique and not one real thought in it." See more »

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Det. Sato: A stray dog becomes a mad dog.
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Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1
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Kurosawa noir...
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With his penchant for incorporating "Western" ideas into his films, Kurosawa hits yet another home run with his take on the crime film. As ever, he manages to make scenes that would (in the hands of a lesser director) seem boring become absolutely riveting. Mifune's ride on the trolley, when he loses his gun, for instance; or the scene where he has to explain the situation to his superiors (and the subsequent search through police files for a suspect); or the long undercover sequence. We can almost feel his frustration. The tension mounts. And yet again we have the brilliant Shimura playing off of Mifune, speaking in carefully modulated tones as he dispenses advice to the hotheaded young detective. If ever there was a more perfect combination of performers in cinema history, I never saw them.


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