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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (writer)
Ryûzô Kikushima (writer)
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Release Date:
31 August 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant early noir from Kurosawa. To be recommended. See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Det. Murakami

Takashi Shimura ... Det. Sato
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
Isao Kimura ... Yusa
Minoru Chiaki ... Girlie Show director
Teruko Kishi
Ichirô Sugai ... Yayoi Hotel owner
Gen Shimizu ... Police Inspector Nakajima
Kan Yanagiya ... Police Officer
Hajime Izu ... Criminal Identification Officer
Masao Shimizu ... Nakamura
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Landlord (as Kuninori Kôdô)
Yûnosuke Itô ... Bluebird Theatre manager
Akira Ubukata ... Police Doctor
Fujio Nagahama ... Sakura Hotel manager
Isao Ikukaka ... Sei-san, bellhop
Shiro Mizutani ... Punkster
Eizo Tanaka ... Old Doctor
Kazuko Ihonbashi ... Sato's wife
Haruko Tôgô ... Azuma Hotel madame
Haruko Toyama ... Kintaro geisha
Mie Asô ... Pinball Parlor woman
Rikie Sanjô ... Manager's wife
Chôko Iida ... Kogetsu Hotel manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ishirô Honda ... Fleeing Villain

Haruo Nakajima ... Man in Bar Fight (scenes deleted)
Hajime Taniguchi ... Man in Bar Fight (scenes deleted)
Reizaburô Yamamoto ... Hondo

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryûzô Kikushima  writer
Akira Kurosawa  writer

Produced by
Akira Kurosawa .... associate producer
Sôjirô Motoki .... producer
Senkichi Taniguchi .... associate producer
Kajirô Yamamoto .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Fumio Hayasaka 
 
Cinematography by
Asakazu Nakai 
 
Film Editing by
Toshio Gotô 
Yoshi Sugihara 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Production Management
Seinosuke Hirai .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ishirô Honda .... chief assistant director
Zenshu Koizumi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yoshirô Muraki .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chôshirô Ishii .... lighting technician
Issei Tanaka .... still photographer
Kazuo Yamada .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Toshio Gotô .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Yoji Ken .... choreographer
Hachiko Toi .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nora inu" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Debut of actor/stuntman Haruo Nakajima.See more »
Quotes:
Det. Sato:Bad luck can make a man or destroy a man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mad Detective (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Waves of the DanubeSee more »

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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant early noir from Kurosawa. To be recommended., 19 February 2004
Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz

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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