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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 1963
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker

The young Mifune is a marvelous dichotomy, his restless energy checked by a veneer of surface calm: the composed social face and fierce turmoil underneath.

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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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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Over the years, this competent but routine if visually effective detective flick has frequently been styled an early gem.

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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

Fernando F. Croce

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

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
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
Aj V
A gripping drama about a policeman who looses his gun, and a criminal may have took it. Very thrilling.
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
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
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
Devon Bott
Stray Dog is a classic, 1940s film noir involving buddy cops and featuring a giants baseball game. Also, it's a japanese film directed by the great Akira… More