Drunken Angel Reviews

July 15, 2019
An embarrassingly familiar gangster melodrama. Drunken Angel was directed by Akira Kurosawa, who also made the brilliant Rashomon, a fact sufficiently puzzling without having to add that he also made... Ikuru.
April 22, 2016
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.
June 11, 2010
A combination of "Open City" and "Mean Streets", as well as Kurosawa's first movie and the first one to use Toshiro Mifune.
July 17, 2009
the first film to touch on many of Kurosawa's themes unfettered
May 13, 2009
Brilliant filmmaking that remains powerful and moving today.
December 3, 2007
Nothing that hasn't been done before in Hollywood, and in many cases better.
November 26, 2007
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.
March 25, 2006
On the whole his imagery is forceful.
June 26, 2005
February 5, 2004
April 10, 2003
Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's directorial breakthrough, the movie that introduced Kurosawa the artist to the world.
March 10, 2003
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.
August 8, 2002
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.
June 5, 2001
It's effective in its own right and a fascinating preview of films to come.
January 1, 2000
Akira Kurosawa's first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism.