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Stray Dog

directed by
Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa didn't like this one so much, but I found it pretty good. Very reminiscent of Vittorio de Sica's Italian Bicycle Thieves,
The story is about a cop whose pistol gets stolen and who has to start searching around Tokyo for the thief.

Doing de Sica two better: a pistol is much smaller than a bicycle; Tokyo is much larger than Roma anyway.
There's an amount of confusion between robber and victim, later worked out much stronger
in High and Low, where they become each other's mirror image.
I especially like the scene with a girl in a starlit night scene.
It's rather obviously faked in the studio, but who cares?

Kurosawa often uses fog, wind and rain
and, what with Godzilla and all, Toho had
very good fog, wind and rain machines.

Toho Co. Ltd.
Produced by Shintoho
Japan 1949

122 minutes, B/W, Academy screen




art director
music by
Shojiro Motoki
Ryuzo Kikushima
Akira Kurosawa
Asakasu Nakai
Si Matsumuyaa
Fumio Hayasaka
Murakami, the detective
Sato, the head detective
Yuro, the criminal
Harumi, his girl
Hondo, the suspect
Toshiro Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Ko Kimura
Keiko Awaji
Reisaburo Yamamoto
Noriko Sengoku

Stray Dog
On the streets of postwar Tokyo, a rookie police detective searches for his missing gun. Gritty Akira Kurosawa drama blends American "film noir" stylings with a look at the moral vacuum that formed in Japan following World War II. Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Ko Kimura star.
Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; documentary.

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