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Stray Dog (1949)

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

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Akira Kurosawa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Det. Murakami
Takashi Shimura ... Det. Sato
Keiko Awaji Keiko Awaji ... Harumi Namaki, showgirl
Eiko Miyoshi Eiko Miyoshi ... Harumi's mother
Noriko Sengoku Noriko Sengoku ... Girl
Noriko Honma Noriko Honma ... Wooden Tub Shop woman
Reikichi Kawamura Reikichi Kawamura
Eijirô Tôno
Yasushi Nagata Yasushi Nagata ... (as Kiyoshi Nagata)
Kappei Matsumoto Kappei Matsumoto
Isao Kimura Isao Kimura ... Yusa
Minoru Chiaki ... Girlie Show director
Teruko Kishi Teruko Kishi ... Ogin
Ichirô Sugai ... Yayoi Hotel owner
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu ... Police Inspector Nakajima
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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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Another great detective classic in the tradition of "High and Low" by the same director! See more »


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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sakura Hotel manager: Who is he anyway?
Det. Sato: A mad dog.
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Referenced in San taam (2007) See more »

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Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1
Composed by Friedrich Kuhlau
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An overlooked masterpiece from the master
16 February 2000 | by rejoefrankelSee all my reviews

Akira Kurosawa's STRAY DOG (English title) is a riveting, poetic vision of a young Tokyo officer (Toshiro Mifune) who's handgun is stolen from him on a bus. Driven to obsession, he follows the trail of the pickpocket through the seedy underworld of post-war China, in an attempt to regain his honor. A rare film of great social and philosophical significance. The deceptively simple story grows more complex as the man who gains possession of Mifune's handgun begins killing people and Mifune starts to blame himself. Every single second of this film rings true. An incredible atmospheric combination, of noirish melodrama and dark comedy. Every bit as good as Kurosawa's celebrated samurai pictures.


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