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Drunken Angel (1948)

Yoidore tenshi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 30 December 1959 (USA)
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takashi Shimura ... Sanada
Toshirô Mifune ... Matsunaga
Reizaburô Yamamoto ... Okada
Michiyo Kogure ... Nanae
Chieko Nakakita Chieko Nakakita ... Miyo
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Gin
Shizuko Kasagi Shizuko Kasagi ... Singer
Eitarô Shindô ... Takahama
Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu ... Oyabun
Taiji Tonoyama ... Shop Proprietor
Yoshiko Kuga ... Schoolgirl
Chôko Iida ... Bâya
Ko Ubukata Ko Ubukata ... Punk
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Yakuza Follower
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Guitar Player
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Storyline

After a battle with rival criminals, a small-time gangster is treated by an alcoholic doctor in post-war Japan. The doctor diagnoses the young gangster's tuberculosis, and convinces him to begin treatment for it. The two enjoy an uneasy friendship until the gangster's former boss is released from prison and seeks to take over his gang once again. The ailing young man loses his status as gang boss and becomes ostracised, and eventually confronts his former boss in a battle to the death. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

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office | scum | poor | thug | thuggery | See All (140) »

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From Akira Kurosawa, creator of "Rashomon" an allegory of the postwar man.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drunken Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Toho Studios, Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The set used was the same one as These Foolish Times (1947). See more »

Goofs

Even though the story takes place during the hot summer, breath can be seen coming from characters in several scenes. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Sanada: The Japanese love to sacrifice themselves for stupid things.
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Soundtracks

Kosame no uta
(uncredited)
Music by Ryôichi Hattori
Lyrics by Hachirô Satô
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Great movie ... where's the DVD?
20 September 2006 | by IrradiataSee all my reviews

I loved this movie for many reasons:

The film history : it's the first collaboration between Akira Kurosawa (director) and Toshiro Mifune (actor) that continued through 15 more films including the sublime Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo.

The style : it's a great film noir with gangsters, zoot suits, speakeasy's, gambling etc.,

The history : post WW II Japan is a frightening place with rubble, raw sewage, crime and hope. It's a world I hadn't seen before.

Toshiro Mifune : What an amazing actor. He oozes charisma and you cannot take your eyes off of him. His performance reminded me of the first time I saw Russell Crowe, in a little seen mediocre movie called "For the Moment" which I watched many times because of Crowe's intensity.

My only problem is the copy I saw was terrible. The print was faded and half of the subtitles were illegible. When will this be released on DVD? It's not Kurosawa's best film, but it's certainly better than most of the drivel out there.


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