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Stray Dog (1949)

Nora inu (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 August 1963 (USA)
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director:

Akira Kurosawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Detective Murakami
Takashi Shimura ... Chief Detective Sato
Keiko Awaji Keiko Awaji ... Harumi Namaki, the girl-friend
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi ... Madame Namiki, Harumi's mother
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Ogin, the pickpocket
Noriko Honma Noriko Honma ... Woman of wooden tub shop
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura ... Officer Ichikawa
Eijirô Tôno ... Old man of wooden tub shop
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... Investigation Chief Abe
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Shinjiro Yusa
Teruko Kishi Teruko Kishi ... Ogin, a pickpocket
Minoru Chiaki ... Girlie Show director
Ichirô Sugai ... Yayoi Hotel owner
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Police Inspector Nakajima
Kan Yanagiya Kan Yanagiya ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Murukami, a young homicide detective, has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. Frantic and ashamed, he dashes about trying to recover the weapon without success until taken under the wing of an older and wiser detective, Sato. Together they track the culprit. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stray Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Akira Kurosawa: [weather] The symbolic usage of weather in this movie is evident in its depiction of Japan under a sunny heatwave, making some characters anticipate the rain. The sunny weather morphs into a dark gray, cloudy sky pattern in the scene where Murakami has a feeling that something bad will happen. Near the end of the movie, when the plot starts heavily escalating, the skies unleash a big downpour. See more »

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At one point, there is a man playing a tune on a harmonica that needs two people with harmonicas to play. See more »

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Baseball Stadium Vendor: How 'bout some ice pops? Sweet popsicles. Popsicles here.
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Kurosawa's first major masterpiece
18 September 2003 | by davidalsSee all my reviews

STRAY DOG stands as the legendary Akira Kurosawa's first real masterpiece, noteworthy for at least two big reasons: the style - classic American film noir (rich, velvety b&w atmospheres), enhanced with a touch of Italian neo-realism (great use of diverse locations, which provide a great view of day-to-day postwar Japan), and the star, a young Toshiro Mifune, whose truly collaborative association with Kurosawa was cemented here, and would grow in spectacular fashion during the subsequent 16 years.

Mifune became as much of an international icon as Kurosawa, and this is the first film where it's easily evident why. As an example of film noir, STRAY DOG offers plenty of gripping suspense and moral complexity, and holds up well alongside classics like THE BIG HEAT, THE KILLING or THE MALTESE FALCON. Kurosawa touched upon international influences to an unprecedented degree in Japanese film (the internationalist impulses of Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi or Mikio Naruse are just as deep and varied, but far more discreetly deployed), Kurosawa also skillfully highlights Japanese specifics (the rookie cop expecting to be fired, even accepting the possibility in an apologetic fashion, only to be assured that he will not be fired - this would not occur in a similar American setting), while always linking the same details to universals: honor, nobility, responsibility. This would become the thread linking Kurosawa's celebrated period/samurai films to his contemporary dramas. STRAY DOG was perhaps the first of his films where it truly resonates in a global fashion - a timeless, classic film.


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