Drunken Angel

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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

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Critic Reviews for Drunken Angel

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  • Apr 06, 2015
    What most consider to be Kurosawa's first foray into serious filmmaking is a moody and engaging work that is essentially elevated by Shimura and Mifune.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    A great gangster film and like many great films of that genre, it is about more than money and power. Kurosawa's first collaboration with Toshiro Mifune tells a great story about the relationship between a wayward young yakuza and a stubborn but well-intentioned doctor. They both have two things in common, they love to drink and love to quarrel. The strong script is brought to life by Kurosawa's excellent pacing and profound use of visual metaphors, especially the desolate swamp. Performance of and the chemistry between Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura produce moments of intensity, humour, and genuine compassion. This film belongs up there with the likes of Once Upon A Time In America and Goodfellas. Made in 1948, just 2 years before the beginning of the decade when Kurosawa made his most memorable and illustrious work, this film is the film that started Kurosawa down the path to everlasting cinematic greatness.
    G S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    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.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2010
    A good realistic drama about doctors and about love and life. It's very interesting, I liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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