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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 »
User Reviews:
Akira Kurosawa's film noir entry is a terrific, seedy blast! See more (59 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 (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
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)
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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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 Duel (1971) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
La PalomaSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Akira Kurosawa's film noir entry is a terrific, seedy blast!, 28 November 1998
Author: Glenn Andreiev (gandreiev@aol.com) from Huntington, NY

In ravished, Post-War Tokyo, rookie Detective Murakami's (Young Toshiro Mifune) gun is stolen. Being the crippling times, guns are tough to come by. Soon, victims are found, slain with bullets from Mifune's gun. The man-hunt is on, while Tokyo goes through a devastating heatwave, and Mifune goes through an equally devastating change ("A Stray Dog sees only what it chases" a detective warns him.) Made well before Akira Kurosawa became famous for "Rashomon", "Stray Dog" is a roaring classic! Every character's movement reflects either the horrid heatwave, or the living conditions. It is ironic that a downpour (Kurosawa's favorite on-screen weather condition) breaks the heat just as the tensions in the film mount. How "Bicycle Thief" reflected the times of post war Italy, this classic does the same for post war Japan.

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