Drunken Angel
Drunken Angel (1948)

Originally titled Yoidore tenshi, Drunken Angel was director Akira Kurosawa's first "auteur" project. "I finally discovered myself," he explained later. "It was my picture: I was doing it and no one else."… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 27, 2007
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

On the whole his imagery is forceful.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Akira Kurosawa's first critical success (1948) is an odd blend of American film noir and Italian neorealism.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliant filmmaking that remains powerful and moving today.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Considered by many to be Akira Kurosawa's directorial breakthrough, the movie that introduced Kurosawa the artist to the world.

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Louis Proyect

A combination of "Open City" and "Mean Streets", as well as Kurosawa's first movie and the first one to use Toshiro Mifune.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Nothing that hasn't been done before in Hollywood, and in many cases better.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

It's effective in its own right and a fascinating preview of films to come.

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Paul Brenner

the first film to touch on many of Kurosawa's themes unfettered

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Kurosawa's early stylistic experimentations turn a nightclub stopover into a monstrous parody of an American jitterbug dance-off, and when blood gets finally spilled, it's in a slip-and-slide Yakuza frenzy choreographed amid splattered paint.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
The genuine compassion of a drunk doctor and the false courage of a Yakuza patient with dishonest pride and reluctant humility, Drunken Angel is an exceptional… More
Michael Gildea
Drunken Angel will not go down as one of my most memorable Kurosawa viewings. To his credit, its one of his earlier outings and despite the fantastic chemistry… More
danny d
a film that improves with each viewing. mifune and shimura always work well together, and the morality tale is well executed. simple but engaging, the film… More
xGary Xx
Drunken Angel was the first film Kurosawa was allowed to make without studio interference, and features an alcoholic doctor who forms an unlikely bond with a… More
AJ Verser
A good realistic drama about doctors and about love and life. It's very interesting, I liked it.
Jason Spencer
The movie starts quickly and for the next twenty minutes we tend to see the same thing. The gangster with the illness sees the doctor and the doctor says… More