Stray Dog (Nora inu)
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Akira Kurosawa directs the black-and-white 1949 film noir Nora Inu (released in the U.S. in 1963 as Stray Dog). In his third film with Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune plays young police detective Murakami. One summer day on a crowded bus in Tokyo, his gun is stolen by a pickpocket. Rather than face the shame of reporting his gun missing, he chooses to go out and find it himself (there were not many weapons on the streets of Tokyo immediately following WWII). While trying to locate the gun, he discovers an entire criminal underworld. He is eventually helped on his journey by superior officer Sato… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kurosawa never forgets his audience. The result is a film that's traditional yet modern, one that even includes a ball game."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Mifune is magnetic"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Good crime thriller, with historic Toyko footage"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's clear even this early that Kurosawa was one of the cinema's leading action directors."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Driving forward even as the characters wander in circles, Kurosawa's camera is all swift pans and hard curves, one sinewy composition after another"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A great movie sharing "The Bicycle Thief" scenario about a stolen object needed for economic survival, as well as the tableaux of a shattered axis city."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Postwar noir is a tough, early collaboration between Kurosawa and Mifune"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Against the backdrop of a defeated Japan, Kurosawa depicts the emasculation of his hero in the simple symbolism of the loss of a gun."
‑ Jake Euker,
"It's an engaging thriller that follows along the lines of a typical Hollywood crime drama, but blends in conventional Japanese concerns."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"... a low key thriller set in the uncertainty and turbulence of post-war Tokyo, part film noir and part social commentary with a hard moral."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The story is engrossing, and it's fascinating to see glimpses of both Japanese post-war society and their approach towards police investigation and forensics"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Akira Kurosawa's 1949 film noir transposes the bleak outlook that dominates so many American entries in the genre to postwar Tokyo."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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