Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Countries & Regions: Japan
Studio: British Film Institute
Length: 117 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 25 March 2002
Cat No: BFIVD534
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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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
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.