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Drunken Angel ()

Yoidore tenshi (original title)
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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

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Sanada
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Matsunaga
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Okada
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Nanae
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Miyo
Noriko Sengoku ...
Gin
Shizuko Kasagi ...
Singer
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Takahama
Masao Shimizu ...
Oyabun
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Shop Proprietor
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Schoolgirl
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Bâya
Ko Ubukata ...
Punk
Akira Tani ...
Yakuza Follower
Sachio Sakai ...
Guitar Player
Senkichi Ômura ...
Yakuza Follower
Tateo Kawasaki ...
Flower Shop Proprietor
Mayuri Mokushô ...
Daughter at Flower Shop (as Kumiko Mokushô)
Toshiko Kawakubo ...
Dancer
Haruko Toyama ...
Dancer
Yukie Nanbu ...
Dancer
Sumire Shiroki ...
Anego
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Sugi ...
Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

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Keinosuke Uekusa ... (written by)
 
Akira Kurosawa ... (written by)

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Sôjirô Motoki ... producer

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Fumio Hayasaka

Cinematography by

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Takeo Itô

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Akikazu Kôno

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Akikazu Kôno ... negative cutter

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Takashi Matsuyama

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Takashi Matsuyama

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Tsuneo Kobayashi ... chief assistant director

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Yoshirô Muraki ... assistant art director

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Wataru Konuma ... sound recordist
Ichirô Minawa ... sound effects editor

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Masao Soeda ... still photographer
Kinzo Yoshizawa ... lighting technician

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Ôsuke Itô ... musician: guitar

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Sumiko Nakao ... script supervisor
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines From Akira Kurosawa, creator of "Rashomon" an allegory of the postwar man. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Drunken Angel (Japan, English title)
  • Drunken Angel (New Zealand, English title)
  • Drunken Angel (World-wide, English title)
  • Drunken Angel (Canada, English title)
  • Drunken Angel (United States)
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  • 98 min
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Trivia The performance of Toshirô Mifune as the violent young gangster, Matsunaga (his fourth overall and first in a Kurosawa movie), was so powerful and memorable that, according to director Akira Kurosawa, many people in Japan (and presumably elsewhere) falsely assume that the title, "Drunken Angel," was intended to refer to Matsunaga. But Kurosawa had actually intended the title character to be the alcoholic doctor, Sanada (played by Takashi Shimura), who treats Matsunaga, because, for the filmmaker, he is an "angel" for attempting to save the gangster from his illness and violent lifestyle, despite his own weakness for alcohol. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Kurosawa and the Censors (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Janguru bugi See more »
Quotes Dr. Sanada: Fall in love for someone like me, I may be scruffy but you get free medical care.
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