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>
The main character was inspired by a real life alcoholic doctor working unlicensed in the Tokyo black market district that Akira Kurosawa and writing partner and childhood friend Keinosuke Uekusa came across. See more »
When Matsunaga wakes up in Nanae's bed, he has a wet compress on his chest, under the pajama shirt. When he sits up and takes it off, it is on top of his shirt. See more »
[Matsunaga staggers drunkenly to Dr. Sanada's office]
Hey, old man! You home?
[Dr. Sanada comes out in his kimono]
You told me to come here, so, I'm here. A yakuza never breaks 'is word. When I make a promise, I keep it.
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Drunken Angel returns Toho to their bleak, dark roots and on this occasion it certainly worked no end.
It tells the story of the tremulous relationship between an alcoholic doctor and his violent mafia member patient. The doctor see's his younger self in the Yakuza and set's about going the extra mile to help him despite being fought every stage along the way.
After a series of mediocre Toho films I was already losing faith in the Kurosawa hype, therefore this came as a really pleasant surprise to me.
Powerful, hard hitting and wonderfully constructed Drunken Angel is by far the best Toho movie I've seen thus far.
Some poignant moments
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Bullets come out of a persons body in the same condition they went in
I'd have let them get typhus......and that's reason no.57579853789 why I should never have kids
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