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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Criterion Collection


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Critic Reviews for Drunken Angel

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

On the whole his imagery is forceful.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

June 5, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

Akira Kurosawa's first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2010

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer


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

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