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Nora inu
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Akira Kurosawa (writer)
Ryûzô Kikushima (writer)
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Release Date:
31 August 1963 (USA) See more »
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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
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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Also Known As:
"Nora inu" - Japan (original title)
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122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Det. Murakami:There are no bad people, only bad environment.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Magnum Force (1973)See more »
Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1See more »


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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Kurosawa noir..., 15 January 2002
Author: poe426 from USA

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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