Stray Dog

Mifune, young and charismatic, plays the rookie Detective Murakami of the Tokyo police. On one sweltering summer day, Murakami gets his gun stolen, an incident that leads him into a twisting and turning investigation through the underbelly of post-war Tokyo. The crook into whose hands the gun eventually falls into proceeds to use it in robbing and shooting his victims. Kurasawa uses this detective’s odyssey as a framework to depict about how some soldiers in post-war Japan became screwed-up and hopeless, turning to crime after their wartime experiences. The film’s pacing is typically slow (for Kurosawa), and Mifune is magnetic in the lead. Quite lurid and sentimental at times, Stray Dog also fascinates with it terrific visual touches and as a document of life in post-war Tokyo.

Grade: A

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

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