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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 ... 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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Details

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,942, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$46,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,808
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Isao Kimura's first Kurosawa film. 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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Connections

Referenced in Magnum Force (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

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.)
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Brilliant early noir from Kurosawa. To be recommended.
19 February 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

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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