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Stray Dog
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Stray Dog

1949
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
2h 2m
Murakami, a young homicide detective, has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. Frantic and ashamed... (imdb)
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The fact that this isn't considered one of Kurosawa's masterpieces is perhaps only because he had so many of them. You have to draw the line somewhere, and it's fairly easy to boot out Stray Dog, which is "just" a crime drama (even though it's slightly more than that). But it is an expertly made film, and except for the excessively long black market montage, it's hard to find fault with the craftsmanship.
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Kurosawa's Stray Dog was a great film. It is a little boring at first, but when it starts to pick up, it becomes thoroughly entertaining. It is a great detective story, but what makes this detective story then the rest was the Japanese culture involved. The Honor, the respect, it was really fun to watch. Although it is not as good as Kurosawa's Samurai films, it is worth a watch to see Kurosawa only a few years before he made classics like Seven Samurai.
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61st
63
Whereas in the beginning there's a sort of dialectical relationship between Shimura's black-and-white, quietly domestic moral code and Mifune's more ambivalent stance, rooted in his identification with his thief, by the film's end, the movie has adopted Shimura's viewpoint in full. The moralizing unfortunately gets in the way of the best parts: a girl's chaotic tumbling in a dress paid for in blood, the climactic meeting of Mifune and his counterpart, the depiction of Tokyo as a pressure cooker.
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87
While not the greatest Kurosawa ever (how can anyone pick?), it is probably the director's first masterpiece, attacking the political and social realities of post-war Japan head-on (especially in a contextually disturbing baseball sequence). The theme of a yin/yang hero/villain would find their zenith in High and Low.
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65th
70
Shimura and Mifune has a Sommerset and Mills thing going and some scenes border on greatness (hotel owner's wife giving something away; Mifune trying to identify the killer from his appearance). Kurusawa also nonchalantly gets away with metaphors - loved the horrified looks at the smashed tomato following the first murder. Overall, it's definitely a good thriller, although not matching 'Drunken Angel' and not nearly on par with what is perhaps my favorite of all Kurusawa's films, 'High and Low'.
Avg Percentile 68.90% from 930 total ratings
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