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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 »
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User Reviews:
The brilliance of early Kurosawa 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
Kuninori 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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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Det. Sato:A stray dog becomes a mad dog.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Magnum Force (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1See more »

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42 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
The brilliance of early Kurosawa, 3 August 2002
Author: jandesimpson from United Kingdom

Impressive as some of the later films of Kurosawa are - "Kagemusha" and "Ran" for example, I have to confess that it is his early work, particularly those set in modern Japan as opposed to its feudal past, that I find myself returning to with greater pleasure. He was not one of those artists who necessarily got better and better, rather was he one who continued to take on different challenges, not always with the same degree of success, as "Dodesukaden" and "Dreams" were to prove. I have long regarded the 1952 "Ikiru" as his greatest achievement, with the three modern day day films starring Toshiro Mifune that precede it, "Drunken Angel", "The Quiet Duel" and "Stray Dog", fascinating consolidations of his skill as a director. "Stray Dog" revels in technical accomplishment. It tells the story of a policeman who, after experiencing the theft of his gun while travelling on a bus, embarks on an odyssey to retrieve it. Questions of morality and honour loom large as they do in any Kurosawa film, with the quest becoming ever more urgent as evidence is gathered of the weapon being used in criminal activities. What might be regarded as plain bad luck in another culture is here seen as a matter of shame and dishonour by the unfortunate policeman, that has to be addressed forsaking all else. The search is pursued in a dazzling series of chases, encounters and interrogations that leaves the audience, like the hero, exhausted at times. The weather is hot throughout, characters sweat profusely and sometimes everything erupts in a tropical downpour - no other director uses rain so physically. Perhaps, at over two hours, "Stray Dog" is a little too long to sustain its material. It sags a little in the middle, but the chases at the outer ends of the film are wonderfully done, particularly the penultimate sequence where the cop pursues his prey through vegetation where city and countryside meet. You can almost smell the steamy atmosphere of a morning after rain where everything is about to heat up again. Possibly the other two Mifune films of the same period have the edge on this. They are more meditative works, their lengths more sustainable. But, for sheer cinematic bravado, this is the one.

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