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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

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 »

Quotes

Det. Murakami: The way I imagine it...
Det. Sato: Imagining only complicates an investigation. Stick to the facts.
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Referenced in Mad Detective (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonatine in C Major, Op.20-1
Composed by Friedrich Kuhlau
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Akira Kurosawa's film noir entry is a terrific, seedy blast!
28 November 1998 | by boris-26See all my reviews

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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