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Nora inu
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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 »
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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 (as Katsuhei Matsumoto)
Isao Kimura ... Yusa
Minoru Chiaki ... Girlie Show director
Teruko Kishi
Ichirô Sugai ... Yayoi Hotel owner
Gen Shimizu ... Police Inspector Nakajima
Hiroshi 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)
Reisaburô Yamamoto ... Hondo
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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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The experience in filming was apparently so enjoyable that Kurosawa recalled many of the crew offering to work through the night.See more »
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Det. Sato:A stray dog becomes a mad dog.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
More than just noir, 16 February 2004
Author: jonr-3 from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

This early Kurosawa film interested me not only as a historical object, but because, as in every one of his films I've seen so far, the moral and philosophical implication of the story carries as much weight as the dramatic and poetic aspects. As another commenter said here, "When was the last time you saw a film where the central character had something called a moral imperative." To me it's extremely gratifying to find directors like Kurosawa, Bergman, and today's Hirokazu Kore-eda who treat moral themes seriously and with dignity, and don't shy away from difficult questions.

I was also intrigued by how almost every scene bears, already, the stamp of Kurosawa's unique vision as a director. I have no idea how this comes about, but there's just something there, almost like a fingerprint, that says "Kurosawa" unmistakeably. I would have to leave it to more gifted and better schooled viewers than myself to explain it, but I love seeing it. In part, I suppose it's due to the exceptionally fine cinematographers that Kurosawa habitually worked with.

I think the film is about thirty minutes too long, but if I have to see a film that's a bit too long, I'm at least glad it's by Kurosawa!

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