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Stray Dog (1949)

Nora inu (original title)
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director:

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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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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Much of the film was filmed from the slum streets of post war Japan. These were filmed under chief assistant director Ishirô Honda, who had gone with camera operator Kazuo Yamada into some dangerous, even yakuza run, territory. Many of the scenes of Toshirô Mifune's character from the waist down are actually Honda standing in. 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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More than just noir
16 February 2004 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

This early Kurosawa film interested me not only as a historical object, but because, as in every one of his films I've seen so far, the moral and philosophical implication of the story carries as much weight as the dramatic and poetic aspects. As another commenter said here, "When was the last time you saw a film where the central character had something called a moral imperative." To me it's extremely gratifying to find directors like Kurosawa, Bergman, and today's Hirokazu Kore-eda who treat moral themes seriously and with dignity, and don't shy away from difficult questions.

I was also intrigued by how almost every scene bears, already, the stamp of Kurosawa's unique vision as a director. I have no idea how this comes about, but there's just something there, almost like a fingerprint, that says "Kurosawa" unmistakeably. I would have to leave it to more gifted and better schooled viewers than myself to explain it, but I love seeing it. In part, I suppose it's due to the exceptionally fine cinematographers that Kurosawa habitually worked with.

I think the film is about thirty minutes too long, but if I have to see a film that's a bit too long, I'm at least glad it's by Kurosawa!


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