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Drunken Angel

Drunken Angel (1948)

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Originally titled Yoidore tenshi, Drunken Angel was director Akira Kurosawa's first "auteur" project. "I finally discovered myself," he explained later. "It was my picture: I was doing it and no one else." Takashi Shimura plays an alcoholic doctor, running a fleabitten clinic in the slums of Tokyo. Shimura tries to pull himself together long enough to save the life of young hoodlum Toshiro Mifune. The doctor feels that, by saving Mifune, he is retrieving a portion of his own lost youth and

Nov 27, 2007

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On the whole his imagery is forceful.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's directorial breakthrough, the movie that introduced Kurosawa the artist to the world.

April 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's effective in its own right and a fascinating preview of films to come.

June 5, 2001 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Akira Kurosawa's first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A combination of "Open City" and "Mean Streets", as well as Kurosawa's first movie and the first one to use Toshiro Mifune.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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the first film to touch on many of Kurosawa's themes unfettered

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Brilliant filmmaking that remains powerful and moving today.

May 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nothing that hasn't been done before in Hollywood, and in many cases better.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Kurosawa's early stylistic experimentations turn a nightclub stopover into a monstrous parody of an American jitterbug dance-off, and when blood gets finally spilled, it's in a slip-and-slide Yakuza frenzy choreographed amid splattered paint.

November 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Drunken Angel has also been cited by Kurosawa as the film in which the immature director finally 'discovered' himself. We can all be grateful for that self-discovery.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It marked the first time that Akira Kurosawa directed Toshiro Mifune, but the results are excellent enough that you can see why their collaborations continued for decades.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for Drunken Angel

The genuine compassion of a drunk doctor and the false courage of a Yakuza patient with dishonest pride and reluctant humility, Drunken Angel is an exceptional satire of the unwarranted social-political system, Japan from Akira Kurosawa. Wise. Noble.
September 10, 2011
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a film that improves with each viewing. mifune and shimura always work well together, and the morality tale is well executed. simple but engaging, the film uses tragedy and frustration to announce human struggle and optimism. the film that really gave kurosawa his independence as a filmmaker, this is an excellently shot and well written film.
March 24, 2011
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danny d

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A good realistic drama about doctors and about love and life. It's very interesting, I liked it.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

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Drunken Angel will not go down as one of my most memorable Kurosawa viewings. To his credit, its one of his earlier outings and despite the fantastic chemistry between Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura and some fantastic shots (any shot of the swap is magnificent) you can tell. The story between an alcoholic doctor and a tuberculosis-ridden thug never seemed to gain the momentum it needed to be noticably successful and despite the gradual return of Mifune's boss, it never seemed smoothly incorporated into the story. But that's just me. Not a bad watch and worth the time but not the most ideal starting point for someone beginning a Kurosawa quest.
October 22, 2010
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