Drunken Angel
Drunken Angel (1948)

A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1948
DVD 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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Paul Brenner

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

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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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Sean Axmaker

This was the first major role for Mifune, the first collaboration between the actor and Kurosawa, and the launch of a career that made Mifune an international star and a Japanese superstar.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliant filmmaking that remains powerful and moving today.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
What most consider to be Kurosawa's first foray into serious filmmaking is a moody and engaging work that is essentially elevated by Shimura and Mifune.
Aj V
A good realistic drama about doctors and about love and life. It's very interesting, I liked it.
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