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
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During the opening credits, there is footage of a panting dog. However, when American censors saw the footage, they assumed that the dog had been harmed. This run-in with American censors caused Kurosawa to remark that this was the only time he wished Japan had not lost WWII. See more »
At one point, there is a man playing a tune on a harmonica that needs two people with harmonicas to play. See more »
Come to the Cafe Conga on Suzuran Boulevard at 9:00. Talk to the bitch with the white flower.
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The Waves of the Danube
Composed by Iosif Ivanovici
This is played by a harmonica player outside the bar where Murakami follows Ogin.
(The melody is also known as "The Anniversary Song", the title Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin gave to their adaptation of it.) See more »
Brilliant early noir from Kurosawa. To be recommended.
Captivating American-esque noir, one of Kurosawa's first great films. What seems like a weak premise for a thriller at the start actually ends up providing a great central situation for this movie which drives it forward much better than, say, Donzoko. Music, also is great.
Toshiro Mifune, looking young and handsome, is quite marvellous as the central character, a detective whose gun is stolen on a bus. What starts out as a detective nervous about finding his gun and fixing a silly mistake, develops into a frantic and desparate man who feels somehow responsible for whatever crimes are committed with his gun. The suspense and detective-story plot are well developed in Stray Dog, but what really makes the story captivating is the revelation of the central character's feeling of guilt throughout, and his learning about crime, criminals, and that what is important is to make good come of your mistakes.
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