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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The experience in filming was apparently so enjoyable that Kurosawa recalled many of the crew offering to work through the night. 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 »
You have to feel sorry for Yusa.
Oh, no. Thinking like that won't get you anywhere as a cop. It's easy to develop delusions, chasing criminals all day. We can't forget the many sheep a lone wolf leaves wounded. Half those citations were capital cases. There's no help for a cop who doesn't believe he's protecting the masses. I say leave the psychoanalysis to the detective novels.
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Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1
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Akira Kurosawa's film noir entry is a terrific, seedy blast!
In ravished, Post-War Tokyo, rookie Detective Murakami's (Young Toshiro Mifune) gun is stolen. Being the crippling times, guns are tough to come by. Soon, victims are found, slain with bullets from Mifune's gun. The man-hunt is on, while Tokyo goes through a devastating heatwave, and Mifune goes through an equally devastating change ("A Stray Dog sees only what it chases" a detective warns him.) Made well before Akira Kurosawa became famous for "Rashomon", "Stray Dog" is a roaring classic! Every character's movement reflects either the horrid heatwave, or the living conditions. It is ironic that a downpour (Kurosawa's favorite on-screen weather condition) breaks the heat just as the tensions in the film mount. How "Bicycle Thief" reflected the times of post war Italy, this classic does the same for post war Japan.
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