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Drunken Angel Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
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.
Louis Proyect
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.
Paul Brenner
July 17, 2009
the first film to touch on many of Kurosawa's themes unfettered
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 13, 2009
Brilliant filmmaking that remains powerful and moving today.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 3, 2007
Nothing that hasn't been done before in Hollywood, and in many cases better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
On the whole his imagery is forceful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 5, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2003
Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's directorial breakthrough, the movie that introduced Kurosawa the artist to the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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.
Jeremy Heilman
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 5, 2001
It's effective in its own right and a fascinating preview of films to come.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Akira Kurosawa's first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism.
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