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Stray Dog

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1949
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • 117 mins
  • PG

Summary

Crime drama set in postwar Japan, starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. When a young detective has his police pistol stolen from him, he is determined not only to track down the thief but also to take full responsibility for the crimes committed with it - including murder.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

As is often the case with Akira Kurosawa, this is a film in which a quest results in self-discovery. Here, rookie detective Toshiro Mifune has his pistol stolen on a crowded bus and begins painstakingly tracking down the culprit as the gun is used in a series of crimes. Kurosawa gives the action an authentic feel by shooting in the more run-down areas of Tokyo, emphasising the sticky summer heat and Mifune's sense of self-loathing. But he is also at pains to convey the essential goodness of ordinary people and the beauty of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is a minor but compelling work.

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Credits

Cast

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MurakamiToshiro Mifune
SatoTakashi Shimura
YuroIsao Kimura
HarumiKeiko Awaji
HondoReisaburo Yamamoto
GirlNoriko Sengoku

Crew

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DirectorAkira Kurosawa

Details

Languages
Japanese
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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