7.2/10
27

Desertion at Dawn (1950)

Akatsuki no dasso (original title)
Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by the Chinese. Although he is able to escape, his troubles are far from over. He returns to his unit but is treated with contempt ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel) | 1 more credit »
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Scandal (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô
Shozo (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A couple plan to take advantage of an artist and his family, but his kind nature causes problems in their plan.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita
Stars: Kuniko Igawa, Kuniko Miyake, Mitsuko Miura
The Idiot (1951)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Kyôko Kagawa
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako's... See full summary »

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Isao Numasaki, Chieko Nakakita, Atsushi Watanabe
Drunken Angel (1948)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Reizaburô Yamamoto
Snow Trail (1947)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her ... See full summary »

Director: Senkichi Taniguchi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Kosugi
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lord Taro must deliver a money chest but is robbed by brigands led by Jibu. One of Jibu's men, Rokuro, steals the money from Jibu, but after meeting and befriending Taro, Rokuro decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Sugie
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Kôji Tsuruta, Yôko Tsukasa
Jiruba Tetsu (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Isamu Kosugi
Stars: Utaemon Ichikawa, Yuriko Hamada
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Soldiers Hayatenosuke Sasa and Kagami Yaheiji leave their besieged castle on a secret mission into the enemy camp. Hayatenosuke has left behind his lover, Kano. In the camp, Hayatenosuke is... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Rentarô Mikuni, Danshirô Ichikawa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young man, convicted of a crime and imprisoned in the penitentiary, comes to believe that his wife is being unfaithful to him. He contrives his escape from the prison in order to seek her... See full summary »

Director: Senkichi Taniguchi
Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mitsuko Mito, Toshirô Mifune
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Ryô Ikebe ...
...
Harumi (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Adjutant (as Sakae Ozawa)
Hajime Izu ...
Oda
Haruo Tanaka ...
Noro
Setsuko Wakayama ...
Kaoru
Harue Tone ...
Yuri
Edit

Storyline

Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by the Chinese. Although he is able to escape, his troubles are far from over. He returns to his unit but is treated with contempt for the disgrace of having been captured. Mikami falls in love with Harumi, a prostitute. She tries to convince him to desert from the army, with fatal results. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 January 1950 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Desertion at Dawn  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite collaborating with Senkichi Taniguchi on the original script for 'Desertion at Dawn,' Akira Kurosawa's name was later omitted as co-writer at the beginning of the fourth script in January 1949. This was due to the fact that the script had to be rewritten at least seven times between September 1948 (when it was first submitted to the American CIE censors) and January 1950 when the film was eventually released. During this period Kurosawa began production on his own films and could not continue to contribute after the third script was ordered to be rewritten. See more »

Connections

Remade as Story of a Prostitute (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?