Stray Dog (1949)

Stray Dog (1949)

Released: 1949
Genre: Crime, Drama, Genre
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Keiko Awaji, Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, ,
Run time: 122 min
IMDb: 7.9/10
Country: Japan
Views: 69501


Murukami, a young homicide detective, has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. Frantic and ashamed, he dashes about trying to recover the weapon without success until taken under the wing of an older and wiser detective, Sato. Together they track the culprit.
Written by
Jim Beaver <[email protected]>
User Reviews: With his penchant for incorporating "Western" ideas into his films, Kurosawa hits yet another home run with his take on the crime film. As ever, he manages to make scenes that would (in the hands of a lesser director) seem boring become absolutely riveting. Mifune’s ride on the trolley, when he loses his gun, for instance; or the scene where he has to explain the situation to his superiors (and the subsequent search through police files for a suspect); or the long undercover sequence. We can almost feel his frustration. The tension mounts. And yet again we have the brilliant Shimura playing off of Mifune, speaking in carefully modulated tones as he dispenses advice to the hotheaded young detective. If ever there was a more perfect combination of performers in cinema history, I never saw them.

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