Drunken Angel (1948)



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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

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

On the whole his imagery is forceful.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's directorial breakthrough, the movie that introduced Kurosawa the artist to the world.

Apr 10, 2003 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's effective in its own right and a fascinating preview of films to come.

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This was the first major role for Mifune, the first collaboration between the actor and Kurosawa, and the launch of a career that made Mifune an international star and a Japanese superstar.

Apr 22, 2016 | Full Review…

A combination of "Open City" and "Mean Streets", as well as Kurosawa's first movie and the first one to use Toshiro Mifune.

Jun 11, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Drunken Angel

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 Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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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 Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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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.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

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