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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808
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Company Credits

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Drunken Angel" is the first collaboration for Akira Kurosawa with both longtime actor Toshirô Mifune and longtime composer Fumio Hayasaka. 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 pulls Matsunaga, who is drunk and almost unconscious, onto his lap so that his assistant can fetch water for him. Matsunaga looks up at him, confused]
Matsunaga: Who the hell are you? Oh, the quack. Hey, old man, that Takahama guy laid it on pretty thick about how great you are. But I don't buy one bit of it. Can't fool me!
[He gestures emphatically, almost kicking Dr. Sanada]
Matsunaga: You guys have some kind of conspiracy going.
Dr. Sanada: Never mind that. Let me see that X-ray!
Matsunaga: What? X-ray? I tore that thing to ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Isle of Dogs (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Minato ga mieru oka
(uncredited)
Written by Tatsuzô Azuma
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Odd but fascinating film
19 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a strange film about a very committed but screwed up doctor in post-war Japan. The doctor lives in the slums of Tokyo and is amazed at the filth and widespread incidence of preventable diseases among the poor. While this is an important cause to him, so is getting drunk and screwing up his life. However, the doctor meets a young hoodlum, played by Toshiro Mifune, and he treats him even when the guy insists everything is just fine! And, at times afterwards, Mifune alternates from being thankful and decent to being belligerent and completely antisocial. Throughout the film, the doctor works hard to keep this unlikable character alive--despite it seeming pretty obvious that Mifune has a death wish. A fascinating and odd story about the relationship between two very oddly matched men.


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