Stray Dog (Nora inu)
Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1963)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Driving forward even as the characters wander in circles, Kurosawa's camera is all swift pans and hard curves, one sinewy composition after another

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Postwar noir is a tough, early collaboration between Kurosawa and Mifune

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an engaging thriller that follows along the lines of a typical Hollywood crime drama, but blends in conventional Japanese concerns.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... 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.

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Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

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

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Mifune is magnetic

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Good crime thriller, with historic Toyko footage

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's clear even this early that Kurosawa was one of the cinema's leading action directors.

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Kase Vollebregt
Kurosawa mixes American and Japanese conventions to powerful effect in this crime drama, finally starting to settle into his role as an auteur with a kinetic… More
Anthony Lawrie
Film noir arrives on the sweltering streets of Tokyo. Driven by guilt, a young policeman hunts down the criminal that stole his issued pistol, helped by an… More
Chris Weber
Probably the most amazing thing about this film is that the plot is so simple and basic, yet the film is so much more than that. It's another one of Akira… More
Aj V
A gripping drama about a policeman who looses his gun, and a criminal may have took it. Very thrilling.
Reid Volk
While someone could make the argument that all cinema is poetic in certain ways, no set of films personify cinematic poetry more than the films of Akira… More
Michael Gildea
Stray Dog, Akira Kurosawa's film noir tale of a rookie cop trudging through post-WWII Tokyo hell to recover his stolen sidearm is definitely a product of… More