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A classic crime film steeped in the vivid environs of postwar Tokyo, Stray Dog is arguably Akira Kurosawa's finest film preceding the international success of Rashomon. A classic theme--the identification between criminal and crime fighter--is presented here in one of its earliest incarnations, as a promising young detective (Toshiro Mifune) struggles to retrieve his stolen pistol. The missing gun is used in a robbery and murder, and Mifune's superior (Ikiru's Takashi Shimura) is caught in the case's volatile crossfire. As the detective closes in on his lethal alter ego, his own moral compass spins out of control, into a psychological tempest that inspires Mifune to give one of his best early performances. Using real locations and a sense of sweltering heat rivaled only by Do the Right Thing, Kurosawa (who first wrote this film as an unpublished novel inspired by an actual incident) maintains an atmosphere of lurid urgency perfectly suited to this riveting film noir scenario. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Classic must watch if you enjoy film noir! Better than american versions on many levels of intellectPublished 12 days ago by Mary Lee Maynard
Another classic from the brilliant Kurosawa and with a stellar performance from the great Mifune. This movie is a character study of how a police detective goes about his job. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nat Hawthorne
A young Tokyo cop has his handgun stolen. Driven to obsession he follows the trail of the pickpocket through the choppy underworld of 50s Tokyo in an attempt to regain his... Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Nearly Nubile
Murakami (Toshirô Mifune), a young police officer in 1940s Tokyo, finds that his gun was stolen while he was riding a packed bus. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
The Criterion Collection will be releasing this movie for the first time ever on DVD. It will come out in May 2004. The retail price is $39. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by A Kurosawa Fan
I am not a Japanese film historian, so others can elaborate on that aspect. When it started, I wasn't sure I would take to this film, but it draws you in inexorably. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by Archmaker
This is one of the most thoroughly entertaining movies I have ever seen! The first forty minutes are stunningly sleazy! A delight to the eyes and ears. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Penny N. Vilela
I foung this to be an absolutely fascinating film on several levels.
First, although we primarily associate Kurosawa with period films, this was one of his relatively few... Read more