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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Produced: 1949

Countries & Regions: Japan

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 117 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 25 March 2002

Cat No: BFIVD534

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Languages(s): Japanese
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Stray Dog

Cast: Toshiro Mifune , Takashi Shimura , Noriko Sengoku , Eijiro Tone , Eiko Miyoshi , Keiko Awaji , Isao Kumura , Noriko Homma , Reikichi Kawamura , Iida Choko

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When young detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) has his gun stolen, his desperate wish to retrieve it sends him deep into Tokyo’s criminal... Read More

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When young detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) has his gun stolen, his desperate wish to retrieve it sends him deep into Tokyo’s criminal underworld. Meanwhile the gun is passed from the pickpocket who stole it to a young gangster and is then used in the killing of an innocent woman. Murakami’s guilt and remorse over this death leads him to ask senior detective Sato (Takashi Shimura) for help, and together the two of them do everything they can to find the gun before the killer strikes again.

Akira Kurosawa's Stray Dog (1949) is the simple tale of a detective's quest to retrieve his stolen pistol. Based on a true anecdote the possibilities of the story appealed to Kurosawa, and from such a humble plot he forms a claustrophobic odyssey. Following a string of clues, the detective, played by Toshiro Mifune, is forced to wander the seedier side of post-war Tokyo during an unbearable heat wave. A storm is brewing in both the weather and the narrative.

Aided by superior officer Takeshi Shimura, Mifune's detective finds himself searching not only for his stolen Colt, but also for the essence of human nature, as he comes to recognise the similarities between himself and his quarry.

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