Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1949)
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Akira Kurosawa directs the black-and-white 1949 film noir Nora Inu (released in the U.S. in 1963 as Stray Dog). In his third film with Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune plays young police detective Murakami. One summer day on a crowded bus in Tokyo, his gun is stolen by a pickpocket. Rather than face the shame of reporting his gun missing, he chooses to go out and find it himself (there were not many weapons on the streets of Tokyo immediately following WWII). While trying to locate the gun, he discovers
Aug 31, 1963 Wide
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Kurosawa never forgets his audience. The result is a film that's traditional yet modern, one that even includes a ball game.
Driving forward even as the characters wander in circles, Kurosawa's camera is all swift pans and hard curves, one sinewy composition after another
It's an engaging thriller that follows along the lines of a typical Hollywood crime drama, but blends in conventional Japanese concerns.
A great movie sharing "The Bicycle Thief" scenario about a stolen object needed for economic survival, as well as the tableaux of a shattered axis city.
... a low key thriller set in the uncertainty and turbulence of post-war Tokyo, part film noir and part social commentary with a hard moral.
Good crime thriller, with historic Toyko footage
Postwar noir is a tough, early collaboration between Kurosawa and Mifune
The story is engrossing, and it's fascinating to see glimpses of both Japanese post-war society and their approach towards police investigation and forensics
It's clear even this early that Kurosawa was one of the cinema's leading action directors.
Against the backdrop of a defeated Japan, Kurosawa depicts the emasculation of his hero in the simple symbolism of the loss of a gun.
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