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
Jan 1, 1948 Wide
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Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's directorial breakthrough, the movie that introduced Kurosawa the artist to the world.
It's effective in its own right and a fascinating preview of films to come.
Akira Kurosawa's first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism.
A combination of "Open City" and "Mean Streets", as well as Kurosawa's first movie and the first one to use Toshiro Mifune.
Nothing that hasn't been done before in Hollywood, and in many cases better.
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.
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.
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